The PEGIDA movement in Germany is spreading to other cities — with the help of the anti-euro party AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany), according to this article from Zuerst. Many thanks to JLH for the translation:
Düsseldorf, Kassel, Leipzig: PEGIDA Offshoots Aided by AfD Politicians
December 17, 2014
Düsseldorf/Kassel/Leipzig: Spin-offs of Dresden’s PEGIDA in Düsseldorf, Kassel and Leipzig are being supported and to some extent organized by representatives of AfD.
So reports DIE ZEIT. The Leipzig spin-off of PEGIDA (LEGIDA) announced its first demonstration for January 12, 2015. At least two members of the hitherto anonymous organizational team are to be AfD, including Hans-Thomas Tillschneider, chair of the “Patriotic Platform” — a coalition of AfD members. The Islam scholar at the University of Bayreuth said he had been asked by the LEGIDA organizers to help create the offshoot demonstration in Leipzig.
AfD members are also helping to organize demonstrations by the PEGIDA movement elsewhere. One of the Düsseldorf organizers (DÜGIDA), Alexander Heumann, is an AfD member. In Kassel too (KAGIDA), the protest with Michael Viehmann was organized and registered by an AfD member. The spokesman of the local, Kassel city AfD chapter, Manfred Mattis, appeared as the speaker.