PEGIDAPatriotische Europäer Gegen Die Islamisierung des Abendlandes (German: Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West)
PEGIDAPatriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident
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The Scottish branch of far-right German movement Pegida claim officers used dispersal orders to break them up at Waverley Station ahead of the demo in Edinburgh last Saturday.
A march in Newcastle on Saturday fronted by Pegida and supported by British organisations was used to promote racial hatred, bigotry, fear and ignorance by claiming that Islam was taking over the northeast of England.
Pegida was formed in Germany and translates as "patriotic Europeans against Islamisation of the west".
But experts say that PEGIDA supporters may also be cowed by the sustained criticism they've face from German media, churches and politicians -- right up to Chancellor Angela Merkel -- suggesting that lower attendance figures don't necessarily mean the movement has gone away.
The movement calls itself PEGIDA, an acronym for "Patriotische Europaer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes" and a name that reveals numerous elements of contemporary German political culture.
Justice Minister Heiko Maas was one of several leading politicians to urge the Pegida march organisers in Dresden not to "misuse" the deadly attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket.
Merkel's decision in 2015 to let in about a million migrants, many fleeing wars in the Middle East, has fuelled support for far-right groups such as PEGIDA and the Alternative for Germany (AfD), now the main opposition party in parliament.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Radical PEGIDA movement activists in Belgium's Northern city of Antwerp have clashed with police, local media reported, adding that at least one protester was arrested for performing a Nazi salute.
Pegida, an abbreviated name for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, has staged weekly rallies protesting immigration, Muslims and Syrian refugees in Dresden and other German cities.
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has joined opposition to protest group Pegida, which is holding a march against "extremism" near Birmingham tomorrow.
AMAZON in Germany has pledged to donate its share of revenues from the sale of a song by anti-Islam group Pegida to refugees, undermining the cause of the far-right movement.