Anti-Muslim group PEGIDA protests in Dresden, Germany

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Police secure an area in downtown Dresden,  Germany,   Saturday Feb. 6, 2016.  Thousands of people are taking part in protests against Islam and immigration in several European cities. Police in Dresden say they expect about 15,000 protesters to take part in a rally organized by the group Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, Known by its German acronym PEGIDA, the group emerged in Dresden two years ago and has become a magnet for far-right and anti-immigrant sentiment. About 10,000 people were expected to take part in a counter-demonstration Saturday on the other side of the river Elbe, which divides the city.  ( Hendrik Schmidt/dpa via AP) Police secure an area in downtown Dresden, Germany, Saturday Feb. 6, 2016. Thousands of people are taking part in protests against Islam and immigration in several European cities. Police in Dresden say they expect about 15,000 protesters to take part in a rally organized by the group Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, Known by its German acronym PEGIDA, the group emerged in Dresden two years ago and has become a magnet for far-right and anti-immigrant sentiment. About 10,000 people were expected to take part in a counter-demonstration Saturday on the other side of the river Elbe, which divides the city. ( Hendrik Schmidt/dpa via AP)

Thousands of supporters of the anti-Islamic Pegida movement demonstrated in the eastern German city of Dresden on Saturday, carrying signs mostly directed against German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Anti-Muslim group PEGIDA protests in Dresden, Germany

Anti-Muslim group PEGIDA protests in Dresden, Germany

Thousands of supporters of the anti-Islamic Pegida movement demonstrated in the eastern German city of Dresden on Saturday, carrying signs mostly directed against German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Police expected about 15,000 people at the rally, with 10,000 others in a counter-demonstration on the other side of the Elbe River, which divides the city.

The group, whose German acronym stands for Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West, has become a magnet for far-right and anti-immigrant sentiment since it was founded in Dresden two years ago.

Thomas Walde, a Pegida demonstrator, said that he came to the march because he firmly believes “that things cannot go on like this.”

After a drop in attendance last spring, the group saw a rise in support from people angered by the unprecedented influx into Europe of refugees from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Another man, who refused to give his name, explained why so many people like him were joining for the first time Pegida’s demos.

Smaller Pegida-style protests were also taking place in France, Britain, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Denmark, Finland and Estonia.

Story by the Associated Press.

  • TB Online

    The AfD is not “far right.” Stop that nonsense.

    Merkel out now!

  • George Kafantaris

    Unchecked islamophobia is contagious — like unchecked antisemitism was contagious when Hitler was in power.

  • Dennis Opihory

    over 1 million mostly mostly young muslim men-the best fed/groomed/dressed war “refugees” in history w 7 th century morals and attitudes. they urinate and defecate in the streets,they sexual harass and rape women and young boys and are destroying the very fabric of civilized society. mad merkel has unleashed the trojan horse of europe’s destruction.

    • Can you cite news articles of what you comment?

      • Dennis Opihory

        try the daily mail- the nyt times-breitbart- the independent- google how many of these refugees are young men and not from syria-