German anti-Islam protest swells on fears about refugee influx
By Michelle Martin DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) – The German anti-Islam movement PEGIDA staged its biggest rally in months on Monday, sparked into fresh life on its first anniversary by anger at the government’s decision to take in hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East. Simone Peter, leader of the Greens party and one of the counter-demonstrators, told Reuters: “We’re for diversity and an open, colorful society, not hatred and violence … the people who incite with right-wing slogans add fuel to the fire of the arsonists.” PEGIDA has more than 172,000 ‘Likes’ on its Facebook page and wants Germany to stop taking asylum seekers immediately.
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