Police detained 38 people following clashes between leftists and right-wing extremists in the east German city of Rostock during the night, a police spokesman said Sunday.
Some 13 policemen and several troublemakers were injured in the disturbances, which took place on the fringe of a festival organized by city authorities.
Rival groups fought with stones, bottles and firecrackers outside a store frequented by rightists before 200 police moved in with clubs to break up the violence.
More than 100 people were involved in the clashes. Police said those detained would face charges of breach of peace, assault and resisting arrest.
Germany's domestic intelligence service reported recently that crimes by right-wing extremists shot up 14.6 per cent last year to 17,597.
Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaueble spoke of an "alarming development" that the extreme right was gaining more acceptance in society.
He also voiced concern at the increased membership in the far-right NPD and the growing influence of neo-Nazis in the party.
Last Mod: 24 Haziran 2007, 14:19