Thousands Expected to German Event Against Far Right

CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) -

Thousands of people are expected to attend a gathering in the eastern German city of Chemnitz against far-right protests.

Monday evening’s gathering comes in reaction to a week of sometimes violent rallies by far-right groups against migrants.

The protests were triggered by the fatal stabbing of a 35-year-old German man in Chemnitz on Aug. 26, allegedly by two migrants from Iraq and Syria.

The tension that has built up over the past week in Chemnitz reflects the growing polarization over Germany’s ongoing effort to come to terms with an influx of more than 1 million refugees and migrants to the country since 2015.