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BERLIN – Thousands of individuals attended a protest against racism and discrimination in the German city of Dresden on Saturday, a week ahead of two state elections in the country’s east in which the far-ideal Option for Germany celebration is anticipated to make gains.

Saturday’s “Indivisible” demonstration in Dresden — the capital of Saxony, 1 of the states that holds elections on Sept. 1 — follows a protest below the similar title in Berlin in October. Organizers stated the Berlin protest drew a lot more than 240,000 individuals.

News agency dpa reported that up to 20,000 individuals gathered for the starting of Saturday’s protest, and organizers later stated it drew at least 35,000. These who showed up incorporated Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz, a major figure in Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats, who stated “there is a excellent willingness to show that we have to do something” and stand up for democracy.

Saxony has for years been a stronghold of Option for Germany, and the anti-migration group PEGIDA — quick for Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West — rose to prominence with weekly protests in Dresden.

Saturday’s organizers stated that “Dresden is considerably, considerably a lot more than PEGIDA.”

People take part in a protest rally of the 'Unteilbar' (individable) movement for democracy and human rights in Dresden, Germany, Aug. 24, 2019.

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