Leipzig (dpa/sn) – According to the police, several hundred people gathered in front of the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig on Saturday under the motto “Ami go home” – with strong counter-protest in the city. They called on the US to withdraw its troops and nuclear weapons to German soil. The publisher of the right-wing “Compact Magazine”, Jürgen Elsässer, was one of the speakers. According to the police, the participants included right-wing groups.

During counter-demonstrations there were also sit-ins and riots, the police said. Pyrotechnics were set off during a counter-demo. For this reason, this elevator was stopped. A large banner held by the counter-demonstrators read “The Right Down.” The counter-protest was “significantly larger” overall than the “Ami go home” demonstration, the police said.

The number of participants in the counter-actions is in the low four-digit range. The police estimated the number of demonstrators in front of the Federal Administrative Court at around 900. 15,000 participants had been registered. In the late afternoon, the participants moved together along the inner city ring road to the west of the city.

The police are in full force in the city. “We are prepared for everything – also for the course of the evening,” said a spokeswoman.