Thousands turn out for Chemnitz anti-racism rock concert

Angela Merkel calls on Germans to mobilise against hate following a wave of neo-Nazi demonstrations

Tens of thousands of people have flocked to an anti-racism concert in Chemnitz which aims to drown out recent far-right protests and violence in the eastern German city.

Under the banner #wirsindmehr (‘There are more of us’), city authorities estimated that as many as 50,000 people had come out to challenge a wave of far-right and neo-Nazi demonstrations since a Syrian and an Iraqi were suspects in a fatal stabbing more than a week ago.

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Chemnitz to host anti-racism gig as Germans urged to take a stand

Foreign minister calls for citizens to become more active in fight against racism

An anti-racism rock concert will be held on Monday in an east German town where there have been far-right protests and violence, as Germany’s foreign minister urged people to take a stand against xenophobia.

More than 27,000 people have registered their intent to attend the Wir sind mehr (There are more of us) concert in Chemnitz. The German punk band Die Toten Hosen, Kraftklub and the rappers Marteria and Casper are among those expected to play.

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