Friday, May 1, 1998 Published at 15:58 GMT 16:58 UK
Neo-Nazi rally sparks violent clashes
Police arrest a left-wing demonstrator next to a neo-Nazi rally
The police used water cannon and truncheons to drive back several hundred, stone-throwing demonstrators, two policemen are reported to have been seriously injuredand 19 demonstrators have been detained.
The demonstrators were attempting to disrupt an anti-foreigner rally organised by the far right German National Party or NPD.
Around 6,000 police were standing by to keep the two sides apart.
The marchers held banners saying "Kohl must go!" and "Create jobs."
Speakers criticised banks, monopolies and the European Union, which they said were helping cause unemployment.
Other rallies have been banned
The city tried twice to stop the neo-Nazi rally but its latest legal challenge was overturned at the last minute. The regional high court said the NPD, as a legal political party, had every right to demonstrate.
Other NPD rallies planned for the east German cities of Gera and Halle have been banned.
The BBC's Germany Correspondent says the NPD is determined to raise its profile in the run up to September's election and is becoming more and more appealing to discontented youths in the east.
The party plays on widespread fears of unemployment and the social dislocation that followed German unity.
Last Sunday, in a regional election in the east, the extreme right-wing German People's Union, the DVU, gained 13% of the vote, the strongest showing by such a party since World War II. The DVU, run by a Munich millionaire, has proposed a national alliance of the far right to increase their chances of entering parliament in Bonn.
However, that idea has been rejected both by the NPD and by the far-right Republican Party.