Fighting broke out and eggs, stones and red paint were hurled in a sharp clash between Left and Right-wing elements in the outskirts of Bonn yesterday (Saturday, 12 December).
GV Communist supporters PAN ACROSS barrier to West German supporters
LV Mounted police
LV Police reinforcements stand by
SV Scuffle breaks out between two factions, police part demonstrators
GV PAN Police holding two factions apart
GV Pro-German demonstration moving along followed by Communists
SV Hammer and Syckle emblem being burnt
SV Demonstrators scuffling
STV Another flag burnt
GV Police with dogs stand by
Gv Demonstrators behind barricades some with banners (3 shots)
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Background: Fighting broke out and eggs, stones and red paint were hurled in a sharp clash between Left and Right-wing elements in the outskirts of Bonn yesterday (Saturday, 12 December). The recent policy of the West German Chancellor, Herr Willy Brandt, in improving relations with the East sparked the clash.
The trouble began when Right-wing demonstrators tried to stage a protest march against Herr Brandt's recently signed treaties with the Soviet Union and Poland, which they brand as treason.
But Left-wing and liberal demonstrators outnumbered the Rightist elements, made up of a group called Resistance Action and similar organisations.
About 4,000 demonstrators and counter-demonstrators gathered and several hundred of them were involved in the clash. No serious injuries were reported. More than 2,000 police were on duty to quell disturbances.
Dr. Peter Kleist, former chief of the Nazi Foreign Ministry's Eastern Section, told the crowd that Bonn's treaty to normalise relations with Poland "represented a crime against Germany and Humanity". Under the treaty, signed last Monday (7 December), 40,000 square miles (100,000 sq. km.) of former German land were confirmed as now being part of Poland.