At least 8,000 people took to the streets in eastern Germany to protest against the formation of anti-Muslim and anti-refugee PEGIDA movement.
The rally was held in the eastern city of Dresden on Monday, which marks the second anniversary of the far-right group’s foundation.
Following a series of scandals, PEGIDA experienced mass resignation among its leaders and has left the spotlight of German political arena last year. But after a refugee influx into Europe, the extremist group made a comeback.
Hundreds of supporters of PEGIDA also rallied in front of the Opera House in Dresden on Sunday to mark the far-right group’s second anniversary. They were confronted with a counter-protest.
The opposing groups were separated but later merged into one protest. No clashes were reported until the end of the demonstrations at the city center.
Germany has been one of the most popular destinations for refugees. With more than 800,000 registered refugees, the country has been hosting the greatest number of refugees among European countries.
The refugees mainly come from war-torn countries, including the Middle-Eastern and African countries, particularly Syria.
Western powers have been at the forefront of supporting extremist groups that have been actively fighting in Iraq and Syria. Many blame the West for the unprecedented number of refugees from their countries, where they face violence and disasters, to Western countries.