Police fire water cannon at protesters in Cologne
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Water cannon used at Cologne protests

German police have used water cannon against anti-immigrant protesters from the far-right Pegida movement. Counter-demonstrations were held by feminist groups over violence against women in the city.

German police have used water cannon to disperse anti-immigrant protesters in Cologne.

Officials said the far-right Pegida demonstrators had been throwing missiles at the police, and refusing orders to pull back.

Counter-demonstrations were held by feminist groups over violence against women in the city, and left-wing anti-Pegida opponents.

The demonstrations come after a string of sexual attacks on New Year's Eve, which shocked the country, and were said to be carried out by men of North African and Arab appearance.

Anna Holligan reports from the scene of the demonstrations

  • 09 Jan
  • From the section Europe