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Around 500 National Socialists waving flags with the colors of the German Reich marched through central Berlin Saturday, marking the 31st anniversary of the killing of the martyr of peace, Rudolf Hess.

Police in riot gear held back an equal number of violent antifa counter-protesters, many of whom shouted "Nazis out." Nevertheless, violence broke out, inuring at least one police officer.

Many of the National Socialists, clad in red and white, hoisted the red, white and black flag of the Third Reich. One group carried a sign that proclaimed, "I regret nothing: National Socialists Berlin."

"There were reports of injuries when some stones and bottles were thrown by counter demonstrators at the far-right demonstrators," Berlin police spokesman Thilo Cablitz told Reuters. "At least one police officer was injured. But the event is still going on and we're still compiling the numbers."

About 2,300 police officers were on duty to prevent violence at the Berlin event and a separate march by less than 50 people in the Berlin suburb of Spandau, where Hess, a former deputy of Germany's most famous leader in history, served a life sentence handed down at the Nuremberg trials.

A broad mix of far left counter demonstrators staged violent sit-ins at intersections along the march route in the Berlin neighborhood of Lichtenberg, while others gathered to shout at the National Socialist demonstrators.

Germany has tough laws that ban use of symbols of patriotism, such as the swastika flag, but the nationalist scene has grown stronger in recent years after the arrival of more than a million mostly Muslim invaders beginning in 2015.

Rudolf Hess, who received a life sentence at the fake Nuremberg trials for his role in "planning World War II", died on Aug. 17, 1987.