(en) 330 Arrested In Berlin Riots

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330 Arrested In Berlin Riots

BERLIN, May 2 (AFP) - More than 330 people were arrested in violent rioting which followed a far-left May Day demonstration in Berlin, police said Friday. At the "Revolutionary May 1" street demonstration and party, so-called "autonomes" set light to cars, erected barricades and threw stones and bottles at police who replied with water cannon and teargas.

Some 6,500 people attended the demonstration Thursday in central Berlin, with another 600 at a rally in the "alternative" Kreuzberg district where the later violence erupted, police said.

The Berlin police were mobilised in force this year against the violence which has accompanied the May Day demonstrations in the city for the last 10 years, but said this year was calmer than previous ones.

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