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It was the scene of violent far right protests last week. But on Monday evening, tens of thousands gathered in the German city of Chemnitz for a hastily arranged anti-racism concert.
The locals keen to show their city is not a haven for the far right.>> This is absolutely fantastic because its the people of Chemnitz. We have to show that our city is colorful. Open to everyone. That we have no sympathy for what has happened here in recent days.
>> A week ago, far right demonstrators clashed with leftist protesters and police in the Eastern City. That's 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 1 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 in support for the far right. The AFD party which says Islam is incompatible with the German Constitution, entered the National Parliament for the first time in an election last year.