Earlier in the day, buses had arrived to take hundreds of migrants to temporary shelter in Kufstein, which is near the German border

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A German official has said that Angela Merkel’s open door migrant policy will lead to ‘civil war’ after thousands marched through one city’s streets holding crucifixes during an anti-Islam protest.

Hansjoerg Mueller, of the Alternative for Germany party, said the country was ‘sliding towards anarchy’ and risks becoming a ‘banana republic without any government’.

He made the claims after about 8,000 people joined the anti-Islam Pegida movement for a rally in Dresden over Angela Merkel’s decision to allow up to one million migrants into the country this year.

Thousands of anti-immigration protesters protesters marched through the streets of a German city in the latest demonstration against the huge influx of refugees

Thousands of anti-immigration protesters protesters marched through the streets of a German city in the latest demonstration against the huge influx of refugees

Demonstrators hold an illuminated cross and German flags upside-down during a demonstration of PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West) in Dresden, eastern Germany, on Monday

Around 8,000 people joined the anti-Islam PEGIDA movement for a rally in Dresden over Angela Merkel's decision to allow up to one million migrants into the country this year

Around 8,000 people joined the anti-Islam PEGIDA movement for a rally in Dresden over Angela Merkel’s decision to allow up to one million migrants into the country this year

Thousands walk the streets in Germany for Pegida march

Some demonstrators held crucifixes and upside-down German flags while others shouted ‘Merkel out!’ alongside doctored images of the German Chancellor in a burqa and a Nazi outfit.

The group’s leaders, who have been described by German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere as ‘hard right-wing extremists’, are demanding an immediate end to the policy.

Mr Mueller was later asked for his views on remarks made by Bavarian official Peter Dreier. Mr Dreier had reportedly told Merkel that his town of Landshut would only take 1,800 refugees if a million were welcomed to the country – insisting that the rest would be put on buses to Berlin.

Mr Mueller told RT: ‘Usually he does not have the power, but we are not living in usual times.

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