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German far right draws 1,500 to anti-refugee demo

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November 16, 2013 05:15 PM EST | AP


SCHNEEBERG, Germany (AP) — A protest organized by Germany's biggest far-right party has drawn hundreds to a torch-lit march against refugees for the second time this month.

Saturday's demonstration, organized by the right-wing NPD party, was directed against the opening of a reception center for asylum seekers in the small eastern town of Schneeberg.

Police spokeswoman Heidi Hennig says several participants are being investigated for carrying illegal weapons and attacking a press photographer.

Hennig says there were minor clashes with left-wing counterdemonstrators.

Some 1,500 people also took part in a peaceful march for tolerance organized by town officials.