German police fire water canon on far-right protesters in Cologne

by Reuters
Saturday, 9 January 2016 15:43 GMT

COLOGNE, Germany, Jan 9 (Reuters) - German riot police fired water canon to disperse a demonstration by the anti-Islam PEGIDA movement in Cologne after protesters threw fire crackers and beer bottles at officers, according to a Reuters witness.

Two people were injured in the clash. The riot police made a number of arrests.

Police had called on demonstrators, some of whom had chanted "Merkel must go", to return to a square near the city's train station, from where they had set out on a march through Cologne.

When they continued to throw fire crackers and bottles, police used two water canons to disperse the group. (Reporting By Joseph Nasr; writing by John O'Donnell; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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