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The first protest in the Austrian city of Linz by Germany's "anti-Islamisation" movement PEGIDA drew just 150 supporters Sunday and was dwarfed by a counter-demo by some 2,000 people, police said.

A planned PEGIDA march through the centre of the northern city was abandoned after several hundred counter-demonstrators blocked their way, chanting "Auf Wiedersehen" ("Goodbye"), the Austria Press Agency reported.

During a standoff lasting around an hour a few snowballs were thrown there were no incidents of violence. "There were no arrests," a police spokesman told AFP.


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