More than 10,000 anti-fascist activists formed a human chain in central Dresden, eastern Germany, on Wednesday ahead of a neo-Nazi march organized on the day of the 68th anniversary of the bombing of the city during WWII.
There were no reports of clashes.
Early Wednesday, up to 3,000 police personnel were deployed in the area to prevent any escalation of violence between anti-fascists and neo-Nazis.
Over the past several years right-wing extremists have attempted to make the anniversary of the Dresden bombing an annual rendezvous, without success.
The Bombing of Dresden was a violent attack by Allied forces on the city of Dresden that took place in the final months of WWII. At least 22,000 were killed in a firestorm resulting from 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices dropped on the city. The Bombing of Dresden is considered as one of the many controversial aspects of World War Two.