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Far right rally against Merkel's migrant policies in Berlin

  • German police arrest a counter-protester against a right-wing extremists' demonstration in front of the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 7, 2016. About 1,000 right-wingers have rallied outside Berlin's main train station, protesting Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcoming stance to refugees. (AP Photo/David Rising)

    German police arrest a counter-protester against a right-wing extremists' demonstration in front of the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 7, 2016. About 1,000 right-wingers have rallied outside Berlin's main train station, protesting Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcoming stance to refugees. (AP Photo/David Rising)  (The Associated Press)

  • German police arrest a counter-protester against a right-wing extremists' demonstration in front of the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 7, 2016. About 1,000 right-wingers have rallied outside Berlin's main train station, protesting Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcoming stance to refugees. (AP Photo/David Rising)

    German police arrest a counter-protester against a right-wing extremists' demonstration in front of the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 7, 2016. About 1,000 right-wingers have rallied outside Berlin's main train station, protesting Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcoming stance to refugees. (AP Photo/David Rising)  (The Associated Press)

  • Participants of  right-wing groups stand in front of the main train station in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 7, 2016. About 1,000 right-wing extremists have rallied, protesting Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcoming stance to refugees. (Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP)

    Participants of right-wing groups stand in front of the main train station in¬†Berlin,¬†Germany, Saturday, May 7, 2016. About 1,000 right-wing extremists have rallied, protesting Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcoming stance to refugees. (Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

About 1,000 right-wing extremists have rallied outside Berlin's main train station, protesting Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcoming stance to refugees.

Demonstrators held signs with slogans like "No Islam on German Soil" and "Merkel Must Go," while waving German flags at the rally Saturday afternoon in the capital.

About 1.1 million migrants crossed into Germany last year raising concerns nationwide about how the country would cope with the influx. Still, the rally drew only about a fifth of the numbers organizers had expected and several counter-protests were being held around Berlin in support of Merkel.

Even as demonstrators chanted their "we are the people" mantra common to all recent far-right rallies, onlookers outside the police cordon shouted back "no you're not."

There weren't any immediate reports of clashes between the two sides.