German police have launched 45 investigation proceedings in connection with suspected crimes committed during a neo-Nazi rally and counter-demonstrations in Berlin on Saturday.
The suspected crimes include assault, breach of the peace, criminal property damage, violations of the right to assembly and resisting law enforcement, a police spokeswoman said Sunday.
More than 600 neo-Nazi participants marched through the city's Friedrichshain district to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Rudolf Hess, a deputy of Adolf Hitler and leading Nazi party figure during World War II.
They were met by a far greater number of counter-protesters, some of whom threw stones and bottles at neo-Nazi participants. Police said they detained 29 people, and that six officers were injured.
The right-wing extremist march was originally planned for the western district of Spandau, where Hess was serving a life prison sentence when he committed suicide in 1987.
Activists from Germany's Green Party, the Social Democratic Party and the German workers' union were among the counter-protesters who gathered in Spandau to rally against the annual neo-Nazi event. Around 2,300 police officers were deployed to prevent clashes between the right-wingers and counterdemonstrators.
Last year's neo-Nazi rally, which marked 30 years since Hess's death, featured hundreds of participants.
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