The Deutsche Welle (German) website reports today (September 4, 2011) that violent clashes between police and left-wing extremists accompanied an anti neo-Nazi demonstration in Dortmund, Germany yesterday.
Some 1,500 left-wing demonstrators from across Germany tried to break through barriers that police had erected to keep them away from a march by neo-Nazis.
The annual march in Dortmund is one of the largest neo-Nazi marches in the country, with about 750 neo-Nazis taking part.
Police were pelted with stones and bottles -- as well as being targeted with pepper spray and fireworks -- by the left wing extremists. Officers used batons and water canons to break up the rioters, with more than 270 demonstrators arrested.