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1,200 police for Vienna Pegida spinoff rally
The Vienna branch of the German anti-Islam movement Pegida is holding a demonstration in the Austrian capital on Monday afternoon, just three days after the city centre was shut down as thousands protested against a ball organised by far-right groups and politicians.
Numerous left-wing counter demonstrations are also planned against the Pegida march, with police fearing outbreaks of violence between marchers and left-wing activists, similar to the scenes from Friday's demonstrations, when six policemen were injured, one seriously.
The organizers of the march have said that they expect around 250 people to march through the city centre from 6.30pm, from Europaplatz near to the Westbahnhof, down Mariahilfer Strasse, ending at Museumsplatz. Vienna's deputy police chief Karl Mahrer has said that 1,200 police officers will be on duty, with extra support drawn from provincial police forces.
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