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8 policemen reportedly injured as far-right gig turns violent in Germany [photos]

Eight officers have been injured when a far-right rock concert in east-central Germany spilled over into scuffles with police. The event was disassembled an hour after it commences.

Report says an estimated 700 people have crammed themselves into the market square of the German town of Apolda on Saturday, where an improvised concert under the motto “rock against the overflow of foreigners” started.

The event apparently drew some neo-Nazis as the photos from the event show the participants giving Nazi salutes.

Trouble was said to have started as some concert goers are said to have made effort to force their way through the police officers, who responded with pepper spray accordingly.

The event gets out of hand as some crowd started throwing bottles and stones projectiles at the law enforcement. Some bottles were thrown from the roofs, according to authorities. Eight officers were injured, but none of them seriously.

The Interior Minister of the federal state of Thuringia said that Saturday’s “Nazi” violence was an “open attack” on democracy, adding that he was proud of the officers’ actions.

A cross-section of participants seen giving Nazi salutes at the event

The same day Apolda saw a hundreds-strong counter-rally. The rock concert was initially supposed to be held at another small town called Magdala, but authorities did not give their permission, forcing its last-minute move to Apolda, according to local media.
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