Pegida plans anti-Islamisation demos in 14 countries

By AFP
Published: January 24, 2016
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File photo of participants holding a cross painted in the colours of German national flag during a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for 'Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West', in Dresden December 22, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

File photo of participants holding a cross painted in the colours of German national flag during a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for 'Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West', in Dresden December 22, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

PRAGUE: Rallies against “the islamisation” of Europe will take place on February 6 in 14 European countries including the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland, the far-right organisers said on Saturday.

The demonstrations are being organised by the anti-foreigner German group PEGIDA, an acronym for “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident.”

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Tatjana Festerling of PEGIDA made the announcement on Saturday following a meeting with like-minded groups in Roztoky, near Prague.

“The fight against the islamisation of Europe is our common objective,” Festerling said in a statement after the meeting.

The Roztoky meeting was organised by the Czech group “Bloc Against Islam” whose leader, Martin Konvicka, called Europe’s policy on migrants as “stupid and suicidal”.

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PEGIDA started life in October 2014 as a xenophobic Facebook group, initially drawing just a few hundred protesters to demonstrations in the eastern city of Dresden before gaining strength, peaking with turnouts of 25,000 people.

Interest subsequently began to wane following overtly racist comments by founder Lutz Bachmann and the surfacing of “selfies” in which he sported a Hitler-style moustache and hairstyle.

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The group has seen a revival with the record influx of migrants to Germany in 2015, followed by a wave of sex assaults and robberies on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve blamed on young men from Arab countries.

Reader Comments (10)

  • rex minor
    Jan 24, 2016 - 3:28PM

    Germany alone requires estimated thirty five millions migrants to maintain the current demographic age mix. This is against the background of growing Muslim population in Europe countries and Christians exit from the church who demand a jazzia of ten percent on the incomes of Christians.

    Rex minorRecommend

  • ajeet
    Jan 24, 2016 - 4:15PM

    Muslims must ponder why their religion invokes fear.Recommend

  • Allah Hafiz
    Jan 24, 2016 - 8:44PM

    As a Sri Lankan am with these germans…and europeans..we in sri lanka also have the same problem…Recommend

  • Cave Troll
    Jan 24, 2016 - 10:07PM

    @ajeet:
    Just like Hindus must ponder why their beliefs invoke laughter….Recommend

  • Ravi
    Jan 24, 2016 - 10:34PM

    Kick out all the North Africans and the problems will be solved.Recommend

  • YTRE
    Jan 25, 2016 - 12:04AM

    @rex minor 35 million migrants? Where did you read? Germany requires skilled migrants not the illiterate migrants who have arrived now with no formal education. Recommend

  • Aakashvaani
    Jan 25, 2016 - 1:07AM

    @ajeet: Thats exactly what their aim is. They shout Death to America, Israel, India, England etc. what else do they expect?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 25, 2016 - 1:43AM

    There are times when doing the right thing the wrong way is worse than not doing it at all….this is one such instant. The correct thing would be to stop the formation of the conditions that force the refugees to flee from their county. Keep in mind they are refugees and not immigrants. Recommend

  • Baray Abba
    Jan 25, 2016 - 2:04AM

    How about a rally on ‘stop interfering into Islamic countries so that Muslims would stop migrating to Europe.’ Think why didn’t they migrate when the dictators (like Saddam. Qadafi) were ruling in their country and no foot prints of foreign troops on their soil? PONDER.Recommend

  • Somebody
    Jan 25, 2016 - 4:26AM

    @YTRE somebody has to clean their toilets, broom the streets, collect the rubbish and skilled labour won’t do that. Sitting pretty in your chair and behaving in a hoity toity manner think about that.Recommend

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