Thousands have gathered in Leipzig to take part in protests for and against the right-wing LEGIDA group. Police have also said that hundreds of hooligans rioted in a leftist stronghold neighborhood, destroying property.

The demonstrators assembled in Leipzig on Monday to call for peaceful coexistence and tolerance in response to a simultaneous anti-refugee rally conducted by the anti-Muslim, LEGIDA - the local chapter of xenophobic group PEGIDA.

With candles in hand, the anti-LEGIDA protesters formed a "chain of lights" which stretched for 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles) around the city center. Up to 2,800 people took part in the protest against the xenophobic group, according to observers.

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