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GERMAN police were forced to intervene in clashes between pro-refugee activists and an anti-Muslim group on the streets of a major city.

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Hundreds turned up to demonstrate for and against the right-wing LEGIDA group, the local group of PEGIDA, the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of Europe.

Pro-refugee demonstrators assembled in numbers in the eastern city of Leipzig to combat the anti-Muslim group's march.

Heavy police presence was arranged to try to prevent violent clashes between the two groups.

In the footage, protesters can be heard chanting while some raise flags in the air before smoke begins to fill the streets.

Screeching can be heard in the background as police vans and officers work to prevent the two groups from colliding. 

Police waved batons as they try to disperse the crowd massing in the streets while some protesters were spotted hurling missiles at officers.

Towards the end of the video, officers can be seen rushing to separate rival protesters who had become embroiled in a physical confrontation.

LEGIDA had planned a march through downtown Leipzig to mark its two-year anniversary.

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