Police use a water cannon to drive back protesters at a demonstration by the far-right Pegida movement
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Rival groups demonstrate in Cologne over New Year's Eve attacks

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 protests in Cologne.

  • 09 Jan 2016
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