Leaders of the Social Democrats (SPD), the leftist party Die Linke and the Greens, including students and members of foreigners' councils, called for "Diversity instead of narrow-mindedness" in Dresden on Monday, where Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders was expected to address members of the anti-Islamization group PEGIDA.

Saxony's Integration Minister Petra Köpping said earlier on Monday that people "needed to oppose" right-wing populists that PEGIDA was bringing into Dresden to propagate its anti-immigration ideas. Local Greens leader Jürgen Kasek also emphasized that civil society in Saxony would not allow people to go out in the street and "spread hate."

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