FILE - In this May 31, 2017 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel and China's Premier Li Keqiang joke prior to a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to China with a business delegation on Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop, pool, file)

PV International Desk : Berlin police say more than a dozen groups are planning weekend protests against a rally by the right-wing nationalist Alternative for Germany being staged under the motto “Germany’s Future.”

Police said Wednesday that the party, known as the AfD, expects some 10,000 people for the Sunday afternoon rally with speeches from some of its top leaders. It is due to start at the capital’s main train station and end at the landmark Brandenburg Gate.

So far, 13 counter-demonstrations are planned in nearby areas and around the city under slogans like “never again” and “stop the hate, stop the AfD.”

For security reasons police are not announcing in advance how many officers they will have on hand to keep the two sides separate, but say there will be a significant presence.