SHAFAQNA – Community leaders, politicians, union representatives and ordinary citizens have told organizers of the anti-Islam Pegida UK it is “not welcome in our city,” ahead of the group’s first UK march in Newcastle on Saturday. A counter-demonstration is expected to attract more than 2,000 people, according to local newspaper reports. Public figures, including George Galloway MP and comedian Russell Brand, are expected to speak at the anti-Pegida march. Newcastle police say they are prepared for an influx of people hours before the city’s football match kicks off, as Newcastle United play Aston Villa at St. James’ Park.
Pegida, which translates from German as Patriotic Europeans Against The Islamization Of The West, has staged rallies throughout Germany and drawn thousands to the streets, both in support of its aims and to oppose it. In Newcastle, the counter-demonstration has been organized by a coalition of trade unionists and anti-fascists, including Newcastle Stop the War and the University and College Union (UCU), protesting under the banner “Newcastle Unites.”
Source : RT