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Counter-demonstrators blocked the extreme right march in Berlin

Far-right agenda gains ground in middle class

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BERLIN, Neo-Nazis protest was supposed to be held in Berlin Marzahn-Hellersdorf District against refugee shelters. But the counter-demonstrators leaded by SPD are in the majority.

About 800 protesters, among them neo-Nazis and angry local residents, protested in the German capital Berlin on Saturday against the construction of a centre for refugees seeking political asylum.

A march through Berlin’s district Marzahn-Hellersdorf  by about 800 neo-Nazis has been diverted away from its planned route, sain Berlin Police authority.

Hundreds of people from right radical group have gathered for a rally against refugee shelters on Saturday in Berlin's Marzahn-Hellersdorf, but the counter-demonstration participants, however, were thousands. The protest march against the refugee homes is organized by the neo-Nazis, according to police security authorities, there were also local residents took part together with neo-Nazis group. Local people are against of planned residential container for refugees seeking shelter in Berlin Marzahn-Hellersdorf.

The police had expected more than 1,000 participants to the rally from the extreme right, the Berliner Zeitung reported about 800 participants. Thus, the counter-demonstrators are clearly in the majority: From 3000 counter-demonstrators was there reports Berliner Zeitung.  This appears to block the planned route of the extreme right march. The march of neo-Nazi asylum opponents stands silent so far, because the total of almost eight-kilometer route has been blocked by the counter-demonstrators, the Police says.

Germany, which has become Europe's top destination for asylum seekers, expects 200,000 arrivals this year, almost 60 percent more than last year, which already saw a jump of two-thirds over 2013. Those seeking political asylum come mainly from war-torn Syria, but also Iraq and Afghanistan, reports the Local.

Far-right agenda gains ground in middle class

Overt xenophobia and fascism have lost a lot of ground in Germany in recent years. But a new survey of attitudes shows a creeping tendency in moderate society to sympathise with core ideas of the far right in private, reports The Local.

Researchers at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) in Berlin found that behind growing scepticism towards the euro, support is growing for concepts more readily associated with the right wing.

In a survey of 1,915 people between the ages of 16 and 95, some 36 percent of respondents believed that Germans should be more assertive about their national pride.

More than 10 percent said Hitler’s dictatorship also had good aspects, while 11 percent agreed with the statement: “We should have a Führer who will govern Germany with a strong hand for the benefit of all.”

"There are no grounds to panic," Dr Ralf Melzer, the publisher of the report and the foundation's leading expert on right-wing extremism, told The Local. "It's a mixed picture of good news and bad news."

In some areas right-wing attitudes are receding, especially in the former East Germany.




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