World Bulletin / News Desk
The PEGIDA --or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West -- extreme right wing group that is based in Germany which is against the spread of Islam and foreigners, in October had organised demonstrations that began with 350 people and now there is serious concern about attendance at demonstrations numbering 20,000. The founder of the group Lutz Bachman who has been charged with theft, bodily harm and drug use, set up the first demonstration on the October 20.
According to social media, the initial number of participants was 12 and increased to 350 however this number is increasing daily. On the October 27, in another demonstration, this number was increased to 500 and by the end of November, 5,500 people had joined in the anti-Islamic demonstrations. However, December showed a significant increase and by the December 22 this number had increased 17,500. This gradual increase has made the 5 million immigrants and politicians in the country uneasy.
PEGIDA supporters deny that it is against the spread of Islam and foreigners, however the slogans and signs used in their protests display the opposite. In particular, with increasing recent attacks on mosques and those of immigrant background suggest that PEGIDA is behind these incidents.
The PEGIDA rallies have unsettled a political establishment that has spent decades trying to restore Germany's image as an open, tolerant country after the devastation of the Nazi era.
Greens Ministers Cem Ozdemir and Simone Peter have taken a firm stand against PEGIDA from the beginning, taking part in protests against the group in Dresden.
The Left Party (Die Linke) has blamed Angela Merkel for the increasing racist and xenophobic attacks. Angela Merkek, appealing for common sense, said that “There is no place for hate and insults to those who come here from other countries. For this reason, whoever is leading this needs to be careful”.
Co-chairman of the Left Party Katja Kipping has accused the governments policies and discourses of the past few years for paving the way for extreme right wing groups in Germany.Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Aralık 2014, 16:14