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German Anti-Islam Group PEGIDA Vows That It Won’t Be Silenced

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A German group that was protesting what it calls “the Islamization of the West” vowed on Monday that it won’t be silenced after its weekly rally was canceled following an alleged terrorist threat against one of its organizers. AP has more:

The planned demonstration in Dresden by PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, was scrapped and local police banned all rallies Monday after being informed of a call for attackers to kill Lutz Bachmann, PEGIDA’s best-known figure. Monday’s cancellation “doesn’t mean that we’ll let ourselves be gagged … (or) deprived of the right to freedom of assembly and opinion,” co-organizer Kathrin Oertel said at a news conference. Bachmann said a demonstration is planned for next week.

About 25,000 people attended last week’s PEGIDA demonstration in Dresden, police estimated. Similar groups in other German cities haven’t drawn anywhere near as much support, and there have been much larger demonstrations against them. While German politicians have alleged that the group is stirring racist sentiments with its anti-foreigner rhetoric, they have also backed its right to hold protests.

“As chancellor, regardless of whether I like the contents, I have an immediate interest in ensuring that there can be demonstrations in every place in Germany, because it is a fundamental right,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Berlin.

“The great majority in Germany rejects PEGIDA and has taken to the streets against PEGIDA in recent weeks,” said German Justice Minister Heiko Maas, a sharp critic of the Dresden rallies. “That must continue to be possible, even if there were certainly good reasons for the individual decision by security authorities in Dresden.”

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  1. damian

    January 20, 2015 at 5:50 am

    PEGIDA or MEGIDA or any other group must be allowed to protest the islamisation of Europe, especially when islamic countries stoutly resist a corresponding spread of christianity. Islam, especially the brand teaching and practising terrorism and barbarism must has no place in civilization.

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