About 65,000 people have Monday in Chemnitz the open-air concerts against the extreme right-wing attended. Under the motto #wirsindmehr (we are more) gave German bands such as Toten Hosen and Kraftklub free performances in the city in the east of Germany.
According to the police, everything went quiet and peaceful. The city had earlier in the day already decided to the scheduled tegenbetogingen of the islamophobic alliance Thügida and the right-populist movement Pro Chemnitz to prohibit. The police had taken the precaution, however, in great numbers called out to make the event run smoothly.
In Chemnitz, there is already for some days of protest of the extreme-right, neo-nazis and other opponents of the German refugee policy. Last week, the demonstrations also resulted in riots and violence against migrants. The occasion was a stabbing in the city, where a 35-year-old German was stabbed to death. An Iraqi and Syrian suspect sitting in the cell.
The festival went on Monday to 17 hours of start with a minute of silence in memory of the 35-year-old German. The purpose of the appearances was to make a signal against racism around the world. “We are not naive. We do not live in the illusion that we are one concert the world may be able to save, ” explained Felix Brummer, was the lead singer of the Chemnitz-born rock band Kraftklub. “But sometimes it is important to show that you’re not alone.’