Supporters gathered at Theaterplatz Square in central Dresden to protest against the refugee policy of Angela Merkel, as well as forced multiculturalism and the continued Islamization of Europe.
“You have a million foreigners every year. They don’t speak the German language, they do not accept our culture, they have very basic or no education or no professional skills,” one demonstrator told RT. “We have no use for them. We Germans have our own problems.”
“We have more rapes, we have more criminality, we have more violence that we didn’t have before,” another added.
According to the German statistical research group Durchgezahlt, the number of protesters was 6,500-8,500.
A smaller counter-demonstration of 130 people was led by left wing students, but police kept the two groups at a distance to maintain public order.
Nationalist sentiment in Germany is on the rise, with the hardline nationalist NPD & the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party gaining strong support at the expense of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU).