Germany's PEGIDA "anti-Islamisation" movement held its first march in Austria on Monday but was dwarfed by a colourful counter-demonstration more than 10 times larger, according to police estimates.

A number of the PEGIDA supporters at the Vienna demonstration were skinheads, and some of them performed Nazi salutes, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Police spokesman Roman Hahslinger told AFP that some 400 PEGIDA supporters showed up but that 5,000 people joined the counter-protest, shouting "Nieder, nieder, nieder mit PEGIDA!" ("Down, down, down with PEGIDA!") and waving rainbow flags.

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