Ex-Pegida leader apologises to Muslims

After months of leading anti-Muslim protests in Germany, the former leader of anti-Islam Pegida movement has apologized to Muslims from spreading a campaign of hatred across Europe. “Those still belonging to the Pegida movement need to understand that they are advocating for the wrong cause,” Kathrin Oertel – once the[…]

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PEGIDA protests fizzle, but sentiment festers

What happened to Germany’s anti-Islam movement PEGIDA? After bursting into the limelight last year with weekly rallies that drew first hundreds, then tens of thousands, the group appears to have lost momentum. A month ago, 25,000 marched through the eastern city of Dresden, brandishing signs that read “stop multiculturalism” and[…]

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Anti-Islam group outnumbered at rally

A Swedish offshoot of the German Islamophobic movement Pegida on Monday evening held its first protest in the Scandinavian country, but was vastly outnumbered by counter demonstrators. The rally in the southern city of Malmo attracted about 100 supporters, while police estimated that the counter demonstrators numbered around 4,000. Reporters at[…]

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Leader resigns from Pegida movement

Germany’s anti-Islam Pegida movement was in disarray Thursday after its public face, Lutz Bachmann, resigned over a selfie in which he posed in an Adolf Hitler moustache and hairstyle. Pegida, which denies that it opposes Islam or refugees per se, has staged weekly rallies since October against alleged “Islamization.” On[…]

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100,000 in Leipzig for anti-Islam rally

An estimated 100,000 pro- and anti-Pegida protesters will rally in the east German city of Leipzig on Wednesday, in what is expected to be the largest such protest march to date. Authorities expect Pegida, an anti-Islam movement that has gained momentum in Germany since October, to mobilize about 40,000 supporters.[…]

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Important not to ostracize Muslims: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out strongly on Thursday against ostracism of Muslims following last week’s attacks in France, but said it is also urgent for clerics to draw a clear line between Islam and terrorism. Merkel spoke after the German Parliament paid tribute to the 17 terrorist attack victims,[…]

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Anti-Islam protests to be held across Germany

Anti-Islam and anti-refugee protesters are expected to take to the streets across Germany on Monday, hoping to boost their ranks after last week’s attacks in Paris. The weekly demonstrations organized by Pegida, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, have been steadily swelling since they were launched about[…]

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