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Hooligans want to march in Berlin and Hamburg

Further far-right protests, of the kind seen in Cologne on Sunday, are being planned in Berlin and Hamburg, leading to fears of violence spreading to other cities.

The scale and violence of what was billed as an anti-Salafist demo caught police by surprise on Sunday. Forty-five people were injured in fighting around the "Hooligans against Salafists" march, 44 of them police officers, and 17 people were arrested.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 15:25

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French Far-right Warn of “Kebab” Threat

French far-right National Front party has launched a new campaign against the growing appetite for kebab, seeing it as a sign of cultural “Islamization” of the country whose food is used as a metaphor for identity.

"The kebab is a bit of a reflection of all the problems with immigration and integration in France," Thibaut Le Pellec, founder of, a website that ranks kebab houses across the country and seeks to raise the reputation of the "kebabistes" who make and sell the food, told Reuters on Tuesday, October 28.

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Germany: Clashes between far-right hooligans and police

At least 4,000 football hooligans and members of the German far right demonstrating against Islamic extremism clashed with police in city of Cologne on Sunday.

The march had been registered with authorities by a regional far-party called “Pro NRW” as part of the initiative known as “Hooligans against Salafists”.

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Cologne Anti-Isis Far-Right Violence Prompts Call to Ban Hooligan Rallies

German authorities were considering measures to limit the right to demonstrate, after dozens of policemen were injured as a protest by far-right groups purportedly aimed against Islamic extremism turned violent.

North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister said freedom of assembly was misused by neo-Nazi groups and members of Germany's football hooligan scene who held a rally in Cologne, western Germany, on Sunday 26 October.

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Powar slams Russian anti-racism efforts and raises spectre of 2018 walk offs

Piara Powar, executive director or Football Against Racism in Europe and a member of FIFA's anti-discrimination task force, has added his voice to growing calls that Russia needs to stop paying lip-service to racism in the country and to tackle the problem head-on rather than from the current position of denial.

Powar's comments come in a week when CSKA Moscow served the first part of a sanction for racism by their fans and played out a Champions League home fixture against Manchester City behind closed doors.

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