Rival rallies held over refugees in German’s Chemnitz
Thousands of far-right and left-wing supporters have held rival rallies over refugees in the German city of Chemnitz.
According to Press TV, more than 2,000 anti-refugee protesters along with supporters of a far-right movement known as "Pro Chemnitz" staged a rally in the eastern city on Friday.
Outraged by the government’s migration policy, the protesters then gathered in front of the Karl Marx monument in the city center, chanting "We are the people," and "Merkel must leave.”
Meanwhile, counter-protesters consisting of supporters of the left-wing alliance of "Chemnitz Nazifrei" gathered on the opposite side of the city square.
The 64-year-old leader also defended her ‘open-door’ refugee policy, saying, “Migration presents us with challenges and here we have problems but also successes.”
Merkel's decision to open Germany's borders in 2015 to asylum-seekers, many of whom were fleeing Western-led wars in Syria and Iraq, has deeply divided the nation and its neighbors.
The crisis set off a rise in nationalist, anti-immigrant sentiments in EU countries like Austria and Italy, where anti-establishment, far-right parties are now in power.