TRENDING Tens of thousans peacefully attend Chemnitz anti-racism concert


Tens of thousans peacefully attend Chemnitz anti-racism concert

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22:38, November 09, 2018

It was the scene of violent far-right protests last week. But on September 3 evening, tens of thousands gathered in the German city Chemnitz for a hastily arranged anti-racism concert.

The locals keen to show their city is not a haven for the far-right.

A week ago far right demonstrators clashed with leftist protesters and police in the eastern city after an Iraqi and a Syrian were arrested over the fatal stabbing of a 35-year-old German man.

The fierce protests exposed the bitter divisions over Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal immigration policy.

In 2015, Merkel welcomed a million people seeking asylum, mainly Muslims from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.Divisions over the policy have dramatically changed Germany's political and social landscape, with a rise support for the far-right.

The AFD party, which says Islam is incompatible with the German constitution, entered the national parliament for first time in an election last year. 

One week after a deadly stabbing in Chemnitz led to violent protests and hostility towards foreigners, tens of thousands of people attended a hastily organised anti-racism concert in the eastern German city on Monday evening. 

(Source: VCG)

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