Leftists clash with Berlin police on anniversary of killing

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26 November 2007, Berlin - Leftists marking the murder 15 years ago of a Berlin squatter by rightwing extremists clashed with police in the Berlin borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Saturday.

26 November 2007

Berlin - Leftists marking the murder 15 years ago of a Berlin squatter by rightwing extremists clashed with police in the Berlin borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Saturday.

Police reported that several demonstrators were injured in disturbances in Friedrichshain. They arrested 12 people in connection with disturbance of the peace, injury and attempting to free arrested persons.

Several cars were damaged, as demonstrators threw bottles at a rightwing meeting place in the area.

The organisers called off the demonstration, and police ordered those on the street to leave.

Silvio Meier, a squatter and leftwing activist, was stabbed to death by rightwing activists linked to Germany's neo-Nazi movement on November 21, 1992. A rally is held every year to mark his death.

Kreuzberg, a borough of the former West Berlin, has a long history of leftist activism. Mayday clashes with the police have been routine for 20 years.

The borough was joined with neighbouring Friedrichshain in East Berlin after the Berlin Wall came down in November 1989.

DPA

Subject: German news

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