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Tens of thousands gather in Dresden for ‘Indivisible’ demonstration ahead of local elections where Germany’s far-right AfD party is expected to make gains

  • The protest comes a week ahead of two state elections
  • News agency dpa reported that up to 20,000 people gathered 
  • Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany’s center-left Social Democrats is among the protesters 

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Thousands of people are attending a protest against racism and discrimination in the German city of Dresden.

It comes a week ahead of two state elections in the country’s east in which the far-right Alternative for Germany party is expected to make gains.

Saturday’s ‘Indivisible’ demonstration in Dresden – the capital of Saxony, one of the states that holds elections on September 1 – follows a protest under the same title in Berlin in October. 

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Organizers said the Berlin protest drew more than 240,000 people. 

People take part in a protest rally of the 'Unteilbar' (individable) movement for democracy and human rights in Dresden, Germany, August 24. Slogan reads 'Human Rights are Individable'

People take part in a protest rally of the ‘Unteilbar’ (individable) movement for democracy and human rights in Dresden, Germany, August 24. Slogan reads ‘Human Rights are Individable’

Protesters hold banners displaying a variety of slogans at the protest held on August 24 in Dresden, Germany ahead of two state elections

Protesters hold banners displaying a variety of slogans at the protest held on August 24 in Dresden, Germany ahead of two state elections

People take part in a protest rally of the 'Unteilbar' (individable) movement for democracy and human rights in Dresden, Germany, August 24

People take part in a protest rally of the ‘Unteilbar’ (individable) movement for democracy and human rights in Dresden, Germany, August 24

News agency dpa reported that up to 20,000 people gathered for the beginning of Saturday’s protest. 

They included Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany’s center-left Social Democrats, who said ‘there is a great willingness to show that we must do something’ and stand up for democracy.    

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Andreas Kalbitz is the leader of the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany party and is poised to lead it to one of its biggest triumphs.

Kalbitz, 46, could be the big winner in next month’s state elections in Brandenburg, 

Yet he also is under scrutiny for his ties with far-right groups dating back to the early 1990s, when Germany saw a resurgence of nationalist sentiment amid post-unification turmoil.

News agency dpa reported that up to 20,000 people gathered for the beginning of Saturday's protest

News agency dpa reported that up to 20,000 people gathered for the beginning of Saturday’s protest 

A woman holds an anti AFD poster as she attends the mass rally calling for an open society

A woman holds an anti AFD poster as she attends the mass rally calling for an open society

Thousands of civil society activists are taking part in the march against hate and racism a week before state elections when Germany’s far-right party AfD is projected to make huge gains

A man dressed in a fun costume of Elvis Presley holds up a poster reading 'Elvis against Right Extremism' as he attends a demonstration titled 'Unteilbar' (indivisible) against exclusion on August 24 in Dresden, eastern Germany

A man dressed in a fun costume of Elvis Presley holds up a poster reading ‘Elvis against Right Extremism’ as he attends a demonstration titled ‘Unteilbar’ (indivisible) against exclusion on August 24 in Dresden, eastern Germany

Women hold up placards reading "Grannies against right extremism" as they attend a demonstration titled "Unteilbar" (indivisible) against exclusion on August 24 in Dresden, eastern German

Women hold up placards reading ‘Grannies against right extremism’ as they attend a demonstration titled ‘Unteilbar’ (indivisible) against exclusion on August 24 in Dresden, eastern German

People attending the demonstration hold up a banner with the slogan '#unteilbar'

People attending the demonstration hold up a banner with the slogan ‘#unteilbar’

A protester holds up a placard reading "Stop arms exports" during the demonstration

A protester holds up a placard reading “Stop arms exports” during the demonstration

 

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