The AfD march marks the first public show of strength by the nationalist outfit since last year’s vote.
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Thousands of demonstrators for and against the far-right faced off in mass rival rallies in Berlin Sunday, where calls of "We are the people" were met with chants of "Go away, Nazis" and techno music.On Twitter, Berlin police said they had to use pepper spray to stop "demonstrators from trying to break down barriers" separating the rallies at Berlin's Leipziger Square.They also announced bridge closures to avoid AfD demonstrators running into opponents.After initially predicting 10,000 AfD supporters would show up, organizers later said they would be happy with a turnout of 5,000 .But there were around 20,000 anti-AfD protesters according to police estimates – most of them younger people – highlighting the divisions that have emerged in Germany since the 2015 refugee crisis.
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