“Disenchanted German citizens and right-wing extremists are joining forces to form a protest movement to fight what they see as the Islamization of the West. Is this the end of the long-praised tolerance of postwar Germany?”
Germany is the world’s second most popular destination for immigrants. In a current Spiegell poll 34 percent of citizens agreed that Germany is becoming increasingly Islamicized. The number of right wing protests in Germany are on the rise nationwide. In Dresden protests are staged each Monday with the number of citizens taking to the street increasing. “The group, which calls itself Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (and goes by the German acronym PEGIDA), demonstrates against economic migrants and a supposed “cultural foreign domination of our country”
German officials have become alarmed. “But the interior ministers failed to develop a convincing plan to effectively combat the problem. ‘We cannot label 10,000 people as right-wing extremists. That creates more problems than it solves,” says Saxony Interior Minister Markus Ulbig, a member of the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU). According to Ulbig, there were many “middle-class citizens” among the Dresden demonstrators, “and you can’t toss them all into the same Neo-Nazi pot.'”…
The demonstrators aren’t exactly making it easy for German authorities. Since the riots in Cologne, they have generally taken great pains to avoid committing prosecutable offences during the weekly protests, or being seen as too obviously in league with right-wing extremists.
Online: Spiegel 2 pages-The End of Tolerance? Anti-Muslim Movement Rattles Germany