BERLIN (JTA) – Police in Berlin say about 1,000Â demonstrators, most of them Palestinian, held an unregistered marchÂ protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza.
Up to ten demonstrators were arrested for breach of the peace and forÂ trying to forcibly free others already arrested in Saturday’s melee, a police spokespersonÂ said. Rocks were thrown during the disturbance and a police officerÂ was struck but not injured.
Demonstrations in Berlin require a police permit.
The demonstrators initially tried unsuccessfully to enter the “FanÂ Mile,” where tens of thousands of soccer fans have been gathering toÂ watch World Cup games on big screens over the past few weeks.
Pushed back by police, the demonstrators — who according to theÂ spokesperson were aggressive and chanting — proceeded up one ofÂ Berlin’s main avenues near Potsdamer Platz. Facing a major policeÂ response, the demonstrators — at that point led by someone who triedÂ to calm them, the spokesperson said — gradually broke up.
By some estimates, Berlin is home to 35,000 Arabs of Palestinian origin.
On Friday, several hundred pro-Israel demonstrators gatheredÂ at Wittenberg Platz in Berlin under the banner “Fight Terror, SupportÂ Israel,” organized by the Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin, aÂ non-denominational NGO.