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    'Love for Motherland Not Crime': Protesters in Germany Demand Border Closure

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    Except for one minor incident, a protest in the German city of Cottbus remained quiet; however, the counter-protesters invented an unusual way to advance their cause.

    On Saturday afternoon, around 1,500 people descended to the center of Cottbus to protest against a refugee policy of the German government and demand a closure of the border.

    The demonstrators carried banners with slogans saying, "Our Country, Our Rules" or "Love for Motherland Not Crime." 

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    Apart from a minor incident when the crowd approached a counter-protestor prompting the police to interfere, the protest remained peaceful, according to the authorities. No injuries have been reported.

    A silent counter-protest, arranged by the organization "Cottbuser Aufbruch," opposed the anti-migrant demonstrators by donating money to an integration project for every meter covered by the demonstration train. According to one of the counter-protest's organizers, Lothar Judith, they managed to raise 1,979 euros for the integration of refugees in Germany.

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