'Merkel out!': German far-right vents fury after Cologne attacks

Participants of a rally by the Islamophobic PEGIDA movement hold a German and a Wirmer flag in Dresden, eastern Germany, on December 21, 2015Chanting “Merkel out” and waving placards with slogans like “Rapefugees not welcome”, xenophobic German PEGIDA protesters vented their fury Saturday against migrants after mass sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve. Riot police beat back the agitated protesters with batons, teargas and water cannon in clashes that left three police and one journalist injured and in which police detained multiple demonstrators. Merkel must go,” one speaker earlier told the 1,700-strong crowd, which loudly echoed the call, expressing their anger at Germany’s 1.1-million-strong migrant influx last year.

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