Germany ‘anti-Islamisation’ Pegida rally cancelled

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) A planned rally by Germany’s “anti-Islamisation” Pegida group has been called off after police received a threat against ONE by winservice86″” style=”width:7.5pt;height:7.5pt;visibility:visible;mso-wrap-style:square” o_button=”t”> of the organisers.

Pegida announced the measure shortly before police said the threat was “concrete” and no demonstrations would be allowed in Dresden on Monday.

Pegida has been rallying each Monday for weeks, attracting record numbers in Dresden last week.

Rival protests have sprung up and have been condemned by German leaders.

Writing on its Facebook page, Pegida said it had no choice but to cancel the rally to ensure protesters’ safety.

It urged supporters to hang flags out of their windows and light candles instead.

Meanwhile in the western city of Essen about 50 demonstrators from the far-right Hooligans Against Salafists group (Hogesa) were outnumbered by more than 2,000 counter-protesters on Sunday.

The Hogesa demonstration was banned by police and those attending were detained.

German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday that intelligence agencies had intercepted messages from known jihadists planning strikes against the group.

Pegida last week defied calls from German leaders to stay at home, following the deadly attacks by Islamists in France.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas urged organisers not to “misuse” the attacks.

However the rally went ahead, with a record 25,000 people attending in Dresden.

Anti-Pegida rallies drew tens of thousands in Dresden, Leipzig, Munich and Hanover.


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