Farright protesters march in Germany after man killed by migrants
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Farright protesters march in Germany after man killed by migrants

Right-wing protesters and opponents of Angela Merkel's liberal immigration policy have staged a fresh rally in Germany today six days after a German man was allegedly stabbed to death by two migrants.

Thousands of marchers waving German flags took to the streets on Saturday while leftists started a rival protest and more than 1,200 police officers kept watch in the city of Chemnitz. 

This evening police said they had asked the organisers to end the march for the day, prompting calls of 'resistance' and booing and whistling from the crowd. 

Tensions over Merkel's 2015 decision to open Germany's doors to a million asylum seekers have flared up this week since 35-year-old Daniel Hillig was killed last Sunday. 

Today's march led by members of the anti-immigration AfD party, which is represented in Germany's parliament, follows violence earlier this week involving neo-Nazi marchers making Hitler salutes. 

Right-wing groups including the AfD and the street movement PEGIDA said they had organised the march to mourn Mr Hillig, after a leaked arrest warrant revealed that two Syrian and Iraqi migrants are suspected of killing him.

Today's protest is the latest in a wave of demonstrations in Chemnitz in former communist East Germany, the region of the country where the AfD has its strongest support.

Huge crowds waving German flags march in Chemnitz, east Germany, on Saturday in a fresh anti-immigration protest 

Huge crowds waving German flags march in Chemnitz, east Germany, on Saturday in a fresh anti-immigration protest 

Right-wing supporters wave German flags during the demonstration in Chemnitz on Saturday after the death of a German

Right-wing supporters wave German flags during the demonstration in Chemnitz on Saturday after the death of a German

Police block the right-wing demonstration on Saturday following the killing of a German man in Chemnitz six days ago 

Police block the right-wing demonstration on Saturday following the killing of a German man in Chemnitz six days ago 

On Saturday, riot police chased black-clad anti-fascist protesters who had tried to make their way toward the far-right crowd, whose members waved the German flag, sang the national anthem and shouted: 'Merkel must go!' 

Police said around 4,500 right-wing demonstrators had marched through the city, days after Germany was shocked by scenes of violence and marchers making Hitler salutes amid clashes between protesters on Monday.

Leaders of the AfD and PEGIDA wore dark suits and held white roses as they began what they called a 'mourning march' on Saturday night.

Björn Höcke, a regional AfD leader who has come under fire in the past for calling Berlin's Holocaust memorial a 'monument of shame', was pictured at Saturday's protest.

At the other end of town leftist protesters started a march under the slogan 'Heart instead of Hate' in the centre of Chemnitz, which was known as Karl-Marx-Stadt during the Cold War. 

Merkel, who on Friday wrapped up a three-day visit to Africa, has not yet commented on the events in the city.

'Where is she? Travelling in Africa,' said one of the speakers addressing the anti-immigrant crowd. 'She should come here and face us citizens.'

Supporters of far-right groups say their march is to mourn the man who was stabbed to death and condemn what they say is government inaction in the face of rising migrant crime.

The anti-migrant sentiment has been particularly strong in Saxony, the state where Chemnitz is located and a stronghold of two groups which are seeking to launch a nationwide movement on Saturday night. 

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