The news agency dpa reported that police estimated more than 2,000 people took part Saturday at sites near Cottbus and Leipzig and that some of the demonstrators scuffled with police.
Violent right-wing extremists have become emboldened to launch vigilante patrols across several neighbourhoods, and the recent attack on terror victim memorials signifies how dangerous they have become for the country's minorities.
Chancellor Angela Merkel was Europe's most powerful politician but many of her traditional supporters punished her by voting AfD.
Owner of Alwine now has a small slice of German history – a place whose empty homes and ageing residents mirror the wider fate of the east German hinterlands since the country's reunification 27 years ago.
In 2009, two mosques were vandalised in the country. The number rose sharply to 99 in 2015.
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