According to police estimates, between 75,000 and 100,000 people gathered in Munich this evening for a march against racism, anti-Semitism and hate speech. The participants of the event, called Sea of Lights for Democracy, carried flashlights or candles, most of them used mobile phones as a sign of opposition to right-wing extremism. In the afternoon, supporters and opponents of the extreme right gathered in Dresden, but there were far fewer of them than in Munich, writes the DPA agency.
According to the organizers, up to 300,000 people gathered in Munich. The demonstration was initiated by Fridays for Future and supported by a broad civil society alliance. Journalist and activist Düzen Tekkalová called on those present for unity in the name of democracy and warned against individual interests.
In Dresden today, on the occasion of the anniversary of the destruction of the city by bombing at the end of the Second World War in 1945, both supporters of the extreme right and its opponents, who were about five times more, gathered. The police counted almost 1,000 participants in the demonstration of right-wing extremists, deployed heavy-duty officers to the event and detained over 150 people. Despite the heavy rain, about 5,000 people gathered at the event of opponents of the extreme right in Dresden.
Demonstrations against right-wing extremism were also held in other places in Germany. According to the police, up to 4,000 people took to the streets in Itzehoe on Saturday, and about 2,500 in Flensburg. Demonstrations were also held over the weekend in Sinsheim in Baden-Württemberg, Wern and Fröndenberg in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hamburg and Einbeck in Lower Saxony, where police recorded hundreds of participants.