The march was was organised by the Danish offshoot of the anti-Islam Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) movement, who had invited the controversial swedish artist Dan Parks as a guest speaker during the rally.
As 70 or so Pegida supporters made their way from the Memorial Anchor in Nyhavn toward the city hall square, they were met by 200 anti-fascists wearing alien-masks and a banner reading “Aliens against Xenophobia”
As the two rival groups moved throughout the city, the anti-fascists attempted to break through police lines to confront the right-wing demonstrators several times. Police drew their batons and released police dogs on more than one occasion and leading to several arrests.
Pegida has held monthly rallies in Copenhagen for more than a year, and they have been met with fierce resistance from the left at almost every occasion. According to a report released last year, the police spent close to 30,000 hours on their protection during 2015.