Supporters of German AfD wave flags in front of the train station in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, May 27, 2018. The AfD that swept into Parliament last year on a wave of anti-migrant sentiment is staging a march Sunday through the heart of Berlin to protest against the government. Poster reads "no Islam in Germany". (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

German nationalists plan Berlin march, face counter-protests

May 27, 2018 - 6:18 am

BERLIN (AP) — Supporters of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party are gathering for a march in central Berlin against Chancellor Angela Merkel's government, while opponents are mobilizing for counter-protests.

Alternative for Germany, known by its German acronym AfD, is the biggest opposition party after winning 12.6 percent of the vote to enter the national parliament last year on anti-migrant and anti-establishment sentiment. Its march Sunday, an unusual move for a German political party, is headlined "Germany's Future."

AfD supporters plan to march from the capital's main station to the landmark Brandenburg Gate. About 2,000 police officers were in place to prevent trouble.

Groups that planned to turn out against AfD include artists and a coalition of Berlin music clubs hoping to "blow away" the party with loud techno beats.

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