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Clashes and Arrests at German Far-Right AfD Congress

Clashes erupted between hooded demonstrators and police during the far-right AfD party congress in Essen, Germany. The event saw significant police deployment and several arrests amidst ongoing political tensions and recent scandals. The congress aims to address party leadership changes while coinciding with the Euro 2024 football tournament.
The start of a party congress for Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) was marked by violent clashes between hooded demonstrators and police on Saturday.

About 1,000 police officers were deployed to manage around 600 delegates and expected 80,000 protesters in Essen. Several arrests were made during the disruptions.

The congress follows AfD’s record EU election results, despite scandals involving key figures like Maximilian Krah.

The party plans to vote on a motion to change its leadership structure, potentially affecting co-president Tino Chrupalla.

The event coincides with heightened security due to the Euro 2024 football tournament.
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