German police clashed with protesters in Hanover on Saturday as thousands of people gathered in an attempt to disrupt the far-right AfD party's conference. The  protesters marched carrying placards reading 'Hanover against Nazis' and 'Stand up to racism'

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The nationalist wing of the German anti-immigration party Alternative für Deutschland has been strengthened and moderate forces sidelined at a party conference marked by protests this weekend.

Several people were reportedly hurt in clashes between protesters and police in the city of Hanover on Saturday as the AfD congress chose Alexander Gauland to return to the co-leader post he had held until 2015. Gauland opposes the expulsion of Björn Höcke, an AfD member who said history should be rewritten to focus on German victims of the second world war.

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