COLOGNE, Germany, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Police in Germany canceled an anti-Islam rally scheduled for Saturday amid safety concerns after leftists clashed with police, officials said.
The rally in Cologne was called to protest a decision by local authorities to allow the construction of a mosque with a high dome and minarets, Deustche Welle reported.
Rally organizers had invited nationalist groups from across Europe to join the "Stop Islam" rally to fight what it called the "Islamization and immigration invasion" of Germany and Europe, the newspaper reported.
The rally was canceled after leftists occupied a city square set aside for the rightists to use for their protest. They clashed with riot police, the newspaper reported.
"The rally has been canceled," a police spokesman said. "The safety of our Cologne people has priority."