September 12, 2009 / 1:21 PM / 10 years ago

Riots erupt in Hamburg at anti neo-Nazi march

Riot police run during clashes in Hamburg September 11, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - German police arrested 60 people after 12 officers were hurt in riots that broke out during a left-wing march against the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) in the night, police said on Saturday.

About 6,000 left-wing supporters marching against an NPD gathering in the northern port of Hamburg had tried to break through barriers to reach the roughly 90 neo-Nazis, said a police spokesman.

The left-wing protesters hurled stones and iron bars at the police and set fire to barricades and rubbish bins near the main station. Police fought them off with truncheons and a warning shot was fired when rioters attacked a patrol car.

The police said they expect further disturbances during a street festival on Saturday evening.

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