Activists in Berlin have held a demonstration to call for measures to address the rise of racism in Europe, Press TV reports.
The Action Day Against Racism and Intolerance was held on Saturday at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.
The demonstration was called by all the major opposition parties and several unions and human rights organization.
"There's still racism embedded in broad parts of German society, embedded in everyday life, discrimination in the work place, in the labor market, discrimination in official politics, too,” said organizer Sebastian Gerhardt of the House of Democracy and Human Rights.
The organizers said the demonstration was also held to shed light on the numerous hate crime incidents in Germany over the past few years, especially the serial murders of several foreigners by a neo-Nazi group in 2011.
"In a situation where a neo-Nazi cell can murder 10 foreigners, where 182 people have died because of racist violence since German reunification, in such a situation it's up to all of us to fly the flag for respecting the dignity of others, to actively oppose racism at work, in schools, in the public and in everyday life,” United Services Union leader Frank Bsirske said.
Participants also condemned the rise of Islamophobia in Europe.
"We do feel Islamophobia has increased ever since 9/11 and it's become a new concept of the enemy in many countries and in Germany, too,” stated Frederik Krummbein of Amnesty International.
“When looking at Europe, all right-wing populist parties have strongly taken up Islamophobia. It's become a pressing issue,” he added.
Organizers had expected up to 20,000 people to participate in the Action Day Against Racism and Intolerance but the small turnout prompted organizers to admit the campaign against racism in Germany has a long way to go.