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World Briefing / Germany

Clashes at Dresden memorial

February 15, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Police clashed with leftist opponents of a march by about 6,000 right-wingers marking the anniversary of the Allied bombing of Dresden during World War II.

A police spokesman said the leftists tipped over two police vehicles and threw bottles and rocks as authorities struggled to keep the two groups separated. Several police officers and demonstrators were injured and some people were detained, but details were not available, the spokesman said.

A third group held a largely peaceful march in Dresden to mark the Feb. 13-14, 1945, bombings by British and American aircraft that killed an estimated 25,000 people.

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