Mainstream political parties and other democratic institutions formed a human chain to symbolically protect their restored city from the neo-Nazis after an attempt to ban their march in the courts failed.
Earlier an official wreath laying ceremony took place at the Dresden memorial in Heidefriedhof cemetery where many of the victims of the bombing are buried.
Thousands of Germans perished on February the 13-14, 1945, as three successive waves of British and US bombers sparked a firestorm laying the city to waste.
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