HELSINKI (AP) — Thousands of people have protested against fascism in southwestern Sweden, calling for dialogue and tolerance.

Left-wing and anti-fascist groups organized the demonstration in Malmo against a backdrop of violence a week earlier in the city when four people were injured in a fight at a feminist demonstration on International Women's Day.

Local media said about 9,000 people attended Sunday's rally, citing police.

Malmo, where about 40 percent of the 300,000 residents are first- or second-generation immigrants, has been the scene of several attacks, including execution-style shootings and gang-related violence.

Two years ago, gunman was convicted of two murders and five attempted murders in a spate of shootings mainly targeting immigrants.