German rallies spark violence

Left-wing protests in Berlin turned violent while police in Bonn banned a far-right rally called to mark the 61st anniversary of Hitler's rise to power, German police said, Reuter reports from Bonn.

Demonstrators took to the streets of Berlin over the weekend, throwing stones at police and smearing buildings with paint in a protest against Germany's resurgent extreme right and death threats from right-wing radicals.

In Bonn, police banned a right-wing rally planned to mark Adolf Hitler's accession to power. Hitler became chancellor of Germany on 30 January 1933. Dierk-Henning Schnitzler, the president of police, regarded the rally, organised by the neo-Nazi Free German Workers' Party, as the 'most sordid provocation'.