Left-wing demonstrators tried to stop citizens from accessing the far-right party conference that was being held in German’s city of Stuttgart.
It is expected that the AFD, Alternative fur Deutschland, party will rebrand into being anti-Islamic in the meeting.
Police sprayed pepper at the hundreds of protestors in an attempt to control the crowd. About 1,000 officers were deployed in the area.
AFD’s intention is to ban outlaw minarets in Germany.
As much as the protest was ongoing, the conference started according to the plans.
The number of AFD members who registered for the conference is close to 2,000. The party was able to bag in votes from all the three states that participated in the regional elections last month.
It is campaigning against Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying that her decision to let in a million migrants and refugees is “catastrophic.”
The party has to come to an agreement about its manifesto as it plans for the 2017 general elections.
Some of the proposals on the table include withdrawal from the EU and to have conscription reintroduced. However, the party is divided between supporting the hard line wing and the leadership.
Before the conference took place, the police used the knitting technique, a style in which demonstrators are surrounded. Some of the protestors were dragged away with others chanting “Shame on you” at the security personnel.
Report about the total number of arrested is yet to be released.