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More than 7,000 opponents of Germany's policy towards asylum seekers marched in the eastern city on Monday evening.

Five hundred police officers were deployed to control the march, which drew a counter-demonstration by around 1,000 people. Police closed off key streets to keep the groups separate and avoid potentially violent clashes.

The situation was "markedly more heated than in recent weeks," a police spokesman told news agency dpa.


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