January 5th Pegida demonstrations were held in Dresden, Collogne, Kassel, Marburg, Rostock, Würzburg, Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Münster and Stuttgart. The demonstrations are against Islamisation and Muslim immigration. Also in the UK, immigration beats economy as number one worry for the voters.
– Robert Spencer: 5 Reasons Why Angela Merkel Is Wrong to Oppose Germany’s Anti-Islamization Rallies
– German scandal: undercover journalist played racist in interview to make anti-Islamim movement Pegida look bad
– Only 13 percent of Germans completely disagree with the PEGIDA anti-Islam demonstrations. 75 percent agree fully or to some degree
– Danish state tv on German anti-Islam demonstration with 15,000 participants: “Thousands of ordinary Germans. It was the German middle class, who demonstrated today”
Interesting euronews clip about Pegida:
Via Public Opinion:
“Some 30,000 Germans protest against anti-Islam rallies…
Only about 250 PEGIDA supporters showed up in Cologne, as compared to about ten times that number of counter-demonstrators. Similarly in Berlin, police said some 5,000 counter-demonstrators blocked about 300 PEGIDA supporters from marching along their planned route from city hall to the Brandenburg Gate. Another 22,000 anti-PEGIDA demonstrators rallied in Stuttgart, Muenster and Hamburg, the dpa news agency reported.
But PEGEIDA’s main demonstration in the eastern city of Dresden, a region that has few immigrants or Muslims, attracted some 18,000, according to police. The demonstrations there have been growing from an initial few hundred in October to around 17,500 at a rally just before Christmas.
Carrying signs with slogans like “wake up” the crowd chanted “we are the people” and “lying press” as they passed television cameras on Monday.
In uncharacteristically frank words in her New Year’s address, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to stay away from the Dresden rallies. When the PEGIDA demonstrators chant “we are the people,” Merkel said “they actually mean ‘you don’t belong because of your religion or your skin.”
PEGIDA organizer Kathrin Oertel slammed the speech at the rally Monday, telling the crowd “in Germany we have political repression again.” “Or how would you see it when we are insulted or called racists or Nazis openly by all the political mainstream parties and media for our justified criticism of Germany’s asylum seeker policies and the non-existent immigration policy,” she asked the cheering crowd.
PEGIDA has sought to distance itself from the far-right, saying in its position paper posted on Facebook that it is against “preachers of hate, regardless of what religion” and “radicalism, regardless of whether religiously or politically motivated.”
“PEGIDA is for resistance against an anti-woman political ideology that emphasizes violence, but not against integrated Muslims living here,” the group said. It has also banned any neo-Nazi symbols and slogans at its rallies, though critics have noted the praise and support it has received from known neo-Nazi groups.