HUNDREDS of German demonstrators in Stuttgart have tried to block people entering a far-right party conference.
Police at the scene this morning, April 30, fired pepper spray at the crowds where almost 1000 officers were deployed to help control the riotous left-wing demonstrators.
The conference is being held by the AfD party or the Alternative fur Deutschland and is expected to confirm its new position openly as an anti-islamic party during the meeting. They also want to ban the burqa and make minarets illegal in Germany.
The meeting went ahead as planned amidst the protestors outside with nearly 2000 members of the party due to attend on the registration list. The AfD party has been going from strength to strength in last month’s elections and saw almost a quarter of the electorate support them in the poorer eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt.
The party has been campaigning against what it described as Angela Merkel’s ‘catastrophic’ move to welcome a million migrants and refugees in 2015.
During the conference, the party must agree a manifesto ahead of the general election.
Some proposals even include the idea of exiting from the Euro but not everyone in the party agrees with some of the more hard-line ideas.
German police have not stated how many demonstrators were arrested.
Police were seen ‘kettling’ protestors before the conference which is a tactic used by authorities to control demonstrators by encircling them. Some were then dragged away whilst others chanted ‘shame on you’ in German towards the officers.