Saxon police have rushed to distance themselves from a colleague's announcement wishing anti-Islam Pegida demonstrators "success" at a march in Dresden during German Unity Day celebrations.

Before the start of a demonstration by the xenophobic Pegida group on German Unity Day, an officer read out the assembly regulations - something which event organizers usually do. He said the reason for this was a problem with Pegida's loudspeaker, and that he was "happy" to do it.

At the end of the briefing, the police said to the thousands of Pegida supporters: "We wish you a successful day!", a statement which demonstrators greeted with applause and the chant "One, two, three, thank you police!"

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