Pegida plans to hold first UK rally


Published: Thursday 5th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A controversial group which protests against the perceived “Islamification of the West” has announced plans to hold its first UK rally.

Pegida started in Germany and last month 25,000 people joined a demonstration in the streets of Dresden.

The group, known by its German acronym which translates as Patriotic Europeans Against The Islamisation Of The West, has planned an event in Newcastle on Saturday February 28.

Demonstrations in Birmingham and London have been mooted for a later date.

In a Facebook post, the group said: “Pegida UK is holding its first rally in Newcastle. All are welcome to attend. lets show the Islamists we show no fear.”

Opponents have plans to hold a counter-demonstration, claiming the group is supported by members of the far tight.

Weyman Bennett, secretary of Unite Against Facsism, said: “They have tried to do this all over Europe. I think we should oppose it.”

Northumbria Police said it had not been contacted by the organisers.

A spokeswoman said: “At the moment we have not received formal notification from this group about a proposed march.”

Pegida’s progress in Germany has been hit by the resignation of five leaders amid fears the cause was being hijacked by right-wing extremists.

Published: Thursday 5th February 2015 by The News Editor

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