Far-right German protesters take to streets of Magdeburg to mark anniversary of RAF bombing raid

Hundreds of far-right activists marched through the streets of a German city to commemorate the 75th anniversary of an RAF bombing raid.

The protesters clashed with left wing counter-demonstrators in Magdeburg which was levelled near the end of the Second World War on January 16, 1945, in a raid that killed up to 2,500 people. 

The far-right ‘funeral march’ took to the streets last night as around 500 counter-demonstrators from the ‘Regina’ movement – an alliance against the far right – blasted music and set up blockades.

Hundreds of far-right Nazi activists marched through the streets Magdeburg which was levelled by the RAF in a raid that killed up to 2,500 people

Hundreds of far-right Nazi activists marched through the streets Magdeburg which was levelled by the RAF in a raid that killed up to 2,500 people

Hundreds of far-right Nazi activists marched through the streets Magdeburg which was levelled by the RAF in a raid that killed up to 2,500 people

Around 500 counter-demonstrators from the 'Regina' movement - an alliance against the far right - set up blockades

Around 500 counter-demonstrators from the 'Regina' movement - an alliance against the far right - set up blockades

Around 500 counter-demonstrators from the ‘Regina’ movement – an alliance against the far right – set up blockades

The Magdeburg Raid

Magdeburg, a city with a population of around 340,000, was heavily bombed by the British and American air forces during the Second World War. 

The RAF bombing raid on the night of 16 January 1945 was the most devastating.

Much of the city was completely destroyed and the death toll is estimated at 2,000–2,500.

The city’s main street with its Baroque buildings was destroyed as well as most of its northern suburbs.

Local media reported that around 800 police officers were drafted in and there were claims on social media that they used pepper spray to keep the rival groups apart.

Others complained the police were too aggressive towards the counter-demonstrators. Only one arrest was made and there were no direct clashes between the two sets of demonstrators.

Earlier there were several other peaceful demonstrations, including 200 people who gathered at an old synagogue to remembered the fate of Jewish people in Magdeburg during the war.

Farmers with 400 tractors also held a demo against what they see as harsh environmental protection regulations.

Magdeburg suffered severe damage in the 1945 RAF bombing raid where the death toll was around 2,500 people

Magdeburg suffered severe damage in the 1945 RAF bombing raid where the death toll was around 2,500 people

Magdeburg suffered severe damage in the 1945 RAF bombing raid where the death toll was around 2,500 people

Far right protesters lit torches as they marched through the streets of Magdeburg, in Germany, to commemorate the RAF raid

Far right protesters lit torches as they marched through the streets of Magdeburg, in Germany, to commemorate the RAF raid

Far right protesters lit torches as they marched through the streets of Magdeburg, in Germany, to commemorate the RAF raid 

Demonstrators carried banners to remember the victims of the RAF bombing raid in Magdeburg during a street march

Demonstrators carried banners to remember the victims of the RAF bombing raid in Magdeburg during a street march

Demonstrators carried banners to remember the victims of the RAF bombing raid in Magdeburg during a street march

Counter-demonstrators set up blockades in a bid to stop the far right protesters as police separated the two groups

Counter-demonstrators set up blockades in a bid to stop the far right protesters as police separated the two groups

Counter-demonstrators set up blockades in a bid to stop the far right protesters as police separated the two groups

Far right protesters lit torches as they marched through the streets of Magdeburg, in Germany, to mark 75 years since the raid

Far right protesters lit torches as they marched through the streets of Magdeburg, in Germany, to mark 75 years since the raid

Far right protesters lit torches as they marched through the streets of Magdeburg, in Germany, to mark 75 years since the raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march with torches during a demonstration in Magdeburg, Germany

Far right-wing demonstrators march with torches during a demonstration in Magdeburg, Germany

Far right-wing demonstrators march with torches during a demonstration in Magdeburg, Germany

Far right-wing demonstrators march with torches during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march with torches during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march with torches during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF raid

Around 800 police officers were drafted in to Magdeburg for the far right demo and clashed with counter-demonstrators

Around 800 police officers were drafted in to Magdeburg for the far right demo and clashed with counter-demonstrators

Around 800 police officers were drafted in to Magdeburg for the far right demo and clashed with counter-demonstrators

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

ar right protesters lit torches as they marched through the streets of Magdeburg, in Germany, to mark 75 years since the raid

ar right protesters lit torches as they marched through the streets of Magdeburg, in Germany, to mark 75 years since the raid

ar right protesters lit torches as they marched through the streets of Magdeburg, in Germany, to mark 75 years since the raid

ar right protesters lit torches as they marched through the streets of Magdeburg, in Germany, to mark 75 years since the raid

ar right protesters lit torches as they marched through the streets of Magdeburg, in Germany, to mark 75 years since the raid

ar right protesters lit torches as they marched through the streets of Magdeburg, in Germany, to mark 75 years since the raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

Far right-wing demonstrators march during a demonstration in Magdeburg to mark 75 years since the RAF bombing raid

 

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