Leftists and right-wingers have protested in Bremen against the Islamist preacher Pierre Vogel. All protests remained peaceful amid a strong police presence.

Opponents of the ultra-conservative Islamic movement known as Salafism gathered in the northern German city of Bremen on Saturday to protest at a rally held by the Islamist preacher Pierre Vogel.

Police said some 150 people participated in the right-wing protest, while the left-wing rally attracted some 200.

Vogel himself drew a crowd of some 300 listeners, including several women wearing the burqa.

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