June 26, 2015 4:33 pm
Updated: June 26, 2015 4:46 pm

Large protest against refugees in Czech city, others rally to support immigration

Protesters shout slogans during a far right demonstration in Brno, Czech Republic, Friday, June 26, 2015.

AP Photo/Petr David Josek

BRNO, Czech Republic – Hundreds of far right supporters have rallied against immigration and Islam in the Czech Republic’s second largest city Brno, while others gathered nearby in support of immigration.

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The rally follows a similar demonstration in the Slovak capital of Bratislava on Saturday which turned violent. They reflect the rising tensions surrounding immigration Europe, even in countries that have not been significantly hit by the recent wave of asylum-seekers.

Riot police on Friday separated the groups and were pelted with objects such as beer cans and bottles by the anti-migrants protesters.

Tomas Vandas, the leader of the far right Workers Party of Social Justice condemned the decision of EU leaders to relocate 40,000 migrants from Italy and Greece in Europe and demanded they are sent back to their countries of origin.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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