Thousands of people marched in the east German city of Dresden in support of openness and tolerance on Monday, a day after anti-migrant organization Pegida celebrated its second anniversary with marches in the same city.

Thousands of Pegida supporters, largely motivated by their aversion to the spread of Muslim culture, had marched on Sunday amid heavy police presence and counterdemonstrations some distance away.

At a gathering in front of the city's Marian church on Monday, the Dresden mayor Dirk Hilbert appealed to crowds fight the city's growing reputation for xenophobic and Islamophobic sentiments.

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