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Anti-fascists and police clash at Pegida rally

 
 Slogans and smoke bombs filled the air as violence erupted between police officers and anti-fascists at a right wing rally in central Copenhagen last Saturday.

The march was was organised by the Danish offshoot of the anti-Islam Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) movement, who had invited the controversial swedish artist Dan Parks as a guest speaker during the rally.

As 70 or so Pegida supporters made their way from the Memorial Anchor in Nyhavn toward the city hall square, they were met by 200 anti-fascists wearing alien-masks and a banner reading “Aliens against Xenophobia”

As the two rival groups moved throughout the city, the anti-fascists attempted to break through police lines to confront the right-wing demonstrators several times. Police drew their batons and released police dogs on more than one occasion and leading to several arrests.

Pegida has held monthly rallies in Copenhagen for more than a year, and they have been met with fierce resistance from the left at almost every occasion. According to a report released last year, the police spent close to 30,000 hours on their protection during 2015.

01 Antifascist_activists_wearing_alien_masks_block_the_road_outside_the_french_embassy_as_PEGIDA_supporters_make_their_way_towards_city_hall_square

Antifascist activists wearing alien masks block the road outside the French embassy as Pegida supporters make their way towards city hall square.

02 Police officers and anti-fascists face of at the Memorial Anchor

Police officers and anti-fascists face off at the Memorial Anchor.

03 Police officers attempt to open a metal gate in an alley where the anti-fascists have gathered in an attempt to circumvent the police lines

Police officers attempt to open a metal gate in an alley where the anti-fascists have gathered in an attempt to bypass the police lines.

04 Police and anti-fascists clash as the PEGA protest makes it's way from Nyhavn

Police and anti-fascists clash as the Pegida protest makes its way from Nyhavn

05 A young girl caught in the midst of a scuffle protects her head as police officers beat antifacists and members of the press

A young girl caught in the midst of a scuffle protects her head as police officers beat antifacists and members of the press.

06 Two young boys looks on as a police officer makes an arrest

Two young boys looks on as a police officer makes an arrest.

07 A young girl wearing an alien mask is engulfed in smoke as she chants %22Nazi scum%22 at the PEGIDA supporters

A young girl wearing an alien mask is engulfed in smoke as she chants “Nazi scum” at the Pegida supporters.

08 PEGIDA supporters are escorted through the city under tight protection

Pegida supporters are escorted through the city under tight protection.

09 An anti-fascist is arrested for not complying with police orders

An anti-fascist is arrested for not complying with police orders.

10 A protester is shouting at right-wing supporters, as the PEGIDA rally arrives at its final destination on Axel Torv

A protester shouts at right-wing supporters, as the Pegida rally arrives at its final destination on Axel Torv.

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By Aleksander Klug

A freelance visual journalist and political correspondent. Aleksander reports on social justice issues and European politics. @aleksander_klug

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