PEGIDA

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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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