Anti-Islam activists protest atop Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate
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Anti-Islam activists protest atop Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate

Police detain 15 from far-right Identitarian Movement during small demonstration on iconic German landmark

Policemen and activists of the "Identitarian Movement" stand on top of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate as the activists hold up banners with their movement's logo and reading "Protect borders! Save lives!" on August 27, 2016. (AFP/dpa/Paul Zinken)
Policemen and activists of the "Identitarian Movement" stand on top of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate as the activists hold up banners with their movement's logo and reading "Protect borders! Save lives!" on August 27, 2016. (AFP/dpa/Paul Zinken)

BERLIN — Anti-Islam activists staged an hour-long demonstration atop Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate Saturday.

The protesters unfurled a banner calling for “secure borders” in Germany as crowds of tourists milled around the iconic monument.

Police said 15 people were briefly detained over the protest and are likely to face charges of trespassing, harassment and breaching laws on public assembly.

Berlin police spokeswoman Patricia Braemer said the protesters belonged to the Identitarian Movement. Germany’s domestic intelligence agency said this month it was putting the far-right group under observation because it aims to subvert democracy.

Anti-Islam activists stage a demonstration atop Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on August 27, 2016. The banner reads : Secure Borders - Secure Future. (AP/Frank Jordans)
Anti-Islam activists stage a demonstration atop Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on August 27, 2016. The banner reads : Secure Borders – Secure Future. (AP/Frank Jordans)

Leaflets scattered by the group claimed the government is trying to replace Germany’s population with Muslim immigrants.

Germany has seen an unprecedented influx of asylum-seekers, many from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, over the past year.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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