Pegida's decision to hold its weekly "evening stroll" and, thus, to ignore the signifiance of date was met with stark criticism on Monday night.

In Munich, around 3,000 Pegida opponents took to the streets, protesting against racism and xenophobia and calling to ban Pegida-related events on the anniversary of the "night of broke glass."

About 5,000 people turned out in Dresden, where roughly 6,000 Pegida supportesr had also taken to the streets.

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