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Far-right Germans take to the streets, urge Chancellor 'Merkel to go' over refugee policy

Merkel?s liberal-conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is represented in all states or L?nder of Germany except Bavaria. Photograph: (AFP)

Reuters Berlin, Germany Jul 31, 2016, 03.36 AM (IST)
Hundreds of far-right protesters marched through Berlin on Saturday to demand that Chancellor Angela Merkel step down for her open-door refugee policy.

Under the slogan "Merkel has to go", protesters marched before the city's most emblematic buildings.

They chanted against asylum laws and refugee policies and the German leader's "We can do this" refugee mantra.

The demonstration comes only days after Merkel had to face down accusations at home and abroad that her open-door refugee policy allowed Islamist terrorism to take hold in Germany.

Five attacks have been carried out since July 18 in Germany and have left 15 people dead -- including four attackers -- and dozens injured.

Two assailants, a Syrian asylum seeker who blew himself up and a refugee from either Pakistan or Afghanistan who attacked people on a train in Bavaria, had links to Islamist militancy, officials say.

Politicians from left and right say Merkel's refugee policy is at fault, after more than a million migrants entered Germany in the past year, many fleeing war in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

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