Thousands mark two years of German anti-migrant Pegida

Supporters of the anti-immigrant Pegida movement mark second year of its existence, gathering in its birthplace Dresden on October 2016Thousands of protesters massed in the eastern German city of Dresden on Sunday to mark the second anniversary of the anti-migrant and Islamophobic movement Pegida. No violence had broken out so far at the rally, police said, while independent research group Durchgezaehlt estimated turnout at between 6,500 and 8,500 people — far less than the 20,000 who joined the anniversary rally a year ago. Pegida was forced to hold its anniversary gathering this year on Sunday rather than Monday — when it usually holds its rallies, because two public events aimed at countering the Islamophobia group had already reserved the space in Dresden’s old town.

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