Anti-Angela Merkel protestors have taken to the streets to vent their anger at the German minster they blame for adding further chaos to the migrant crisis.
Ms Merkel has faced fierce criticism since calling for refugees to head for Germany where she said they would be welcomed.
Demonstrators who took to the streets of Germany’s capital today chanted “Merkel must go” and “We are the people” as they paraded with German flags.
The group of 2,000 were accompanied Saturday by a heavy police escort in a bid to keep them away from a nearby counter-protest.
German Chancellor Ms Merkel is accused of adding to the migrant crisis with after she insisted her country would “manage” the migrants who entered.
However after registering 1.2m asylum seekers in 2015 alone the country appeared to perform a u-turn.
The mass movements of migrants across the EU bloc from war torn countries including Syria, and some from Africa, has all but broken the Schengen agreement as struggling countries erect temporary blocks at their borders.
Today’s rallies are taking place near the Berlin central station.
Armed police squads are on duty at the station, on platforms and exits.
A police spokesperson told RIA Novosti: “We assume that the rally has currently gathered about 2,500 people. Another 1,000 are participating in a counter-rally.”
Representatives of opposition political parties, in particular the right-wing Alternative for Germany party (AfD), as well as the anti-Islamization movement Pegida, are taking part in the rally.
The rally comes a day before Sunday’s local parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in three federal states, namely Baden-Wurttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt.
The similar rally is set to take place in Stuttgart on Sunday.
One in five Germans will now go the ballot box in the first electoral test for Mrs Merkel, 61, before national parliamentary elections next year
More than 12million of Germany’s 62m eligible voters may cast ballots as the country’s regional politicians face the political front line of the migration crisis.
Polls suggest Mrs Merkel’s CDU will lose its majority in Baden-Württemberg, a prosperous area in Germany’s south-west, to the Green Party.
European ministers have disagreed over the handling over the migrant crisis which has seen 60m people displaced globally – the highest number ever.
Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Austria’s interior minister said this week the message to migrants must change.
She said: “The most honest thing is to tell the refugees; it’s impossible to get through the Balkan route. The biggest problem is that these refugees still have hopes and expectations, and these hopes are being constantly fed.”