The anti-migration movement’s protest started at 3 pm in Kandel. The protesters demanded freedom of expression, immediate closure of the borders and deportation of all illegals.
A counter protest in the same town, called “We are Kandel”, was supported Germany’s socialists and Greens. Several Antifa groups were also present. While both protests started peacefully things became violent after a while.
A police report reads:
Later in the rally, there were several violent left-wing attacks against police officers, so pepper spray and batons had to be used for defence. Three police officers were slightly injured while remaining fit to serve. Around 250 left-wingers had to be stopped for a period of about an hour on the corner of Dierbachweg and Bahnhofstrasse, as out of this group fireworks were thrown at police officers and the emergency services were also attacked.