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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
 
Dresden is very safe in general. You can walk around the city center and most other parts late at night without having any worries.
 
Dresden is very safe in general. You can walk around the city center and most other parts late at night without having any worries.
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In several regions of Saxony xenophobic right-wing political parties such as the quasi-fascist NPD (which was even able to win seats in the state parliament of Saxony) have gained significant strength and Neo-Nazis have attacked and injured foreigners, homeless people and people with alternative looks. The areas with the highest risk of encountering right-wing extremism are Gorbitz, Prohlis or Reick. In the vicinity of Dresden, the southeastern region stretching from the city of [[Pirna]] to [[Saxon Switzerland]] are also strongholds of right-wing parties and extremists. Outside centers of tourism in this region, chances of racist encounters are higher. So it is better to avoid these areas or to at least to stay in groups and not to stroll around at night. If you encounter Neo-Nazis immediately leave the scene without engaging in discussion and call the police as soon as possible.
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Since winter 2014 Dresden became the center of weekly protest marches of a group called Pegida, which opposes immigration by Muslims or immigration overall. The protest marches take place next to the Semper Opera. Similar protests took place in other German cities, but there they never gained any significant strength and were typically vastly outnumbered by opposing protesters. As of February 2016, no significant violance against tourists has occurred at the Pegida protests, but especially journalists are forced to implement safety precautions. The violence against politicians, activists and refugees occurres mainly in the suburbs and hinterlands of Dresden. But with continuing radicalization and participation of extremists it is also recommendable to stay away from the Pegida protests and avoid the inner city of Dresden on Monday nights. Sometimes the Pegida demonstrations take place at the weekend, not on Monday.
  
 
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==Contact==

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