far-right German political movement

Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes (PEGIDA, in English: "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West") is a controversial German political movement based in Dresden.[1][2] It was started in October 2014 by Lutz Bachmann. Thousands of people have joined public demonstrations against the "Islamization of Europe".[3] German leaders have termed it xenophobia. Larger German counter-demonstrations against Pegida, estimated at about 30,000 people, have taken place in Stuttgart, Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin.[4] Joining those speaking out against Pegida are the Roman Catholic, Protestant churches and several social groups.[3] Tommy Robinson founded a Pegida offshoot group.[5]


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  1. Rachel Lau (6 March 2015). "Controversial German anti-Islam group to protest in Montreal". Global News/Shaw Media. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  2. Erik Olsen (11 February 2015). "Anti-Immigration Movement Splits Germany". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Alison Smale (5 January 2015). "Anti-Immigration Rallies in Germany Defy Calls to Desist". New York Times. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  4. Kate Connolly (6 January 2015). "German leaders condemn xenophobia after Pegida protests". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  5. Ebner, Julia (1 May 2017). "The far right thrives on global networks. They must be fought online and off - Julia Ebner" – via