In last night’s roundup of PEGIDA news, we included a summary of a TV news story about the evening’s demonstration in Dresden. The ARD report was heavy-handed in its bias against PEGIDA, referring to the “alleged” Islamization of Europe.
Rembrandt Clancy has kindly translated and subtitled the same video:
Transcript of ARD’s Tagesschau on “Pegida” Protests and Counter-Demonstrations
22 December 2014
ARD Anchor: In Dresden thousands of PEGIDA supporters have assembled, again in the evening, to demonstrate against the alleged Islamisation of the West.
In parallel, thousands of PEGIDA opponents in several cities are demonstrating against racism and exclusion. The Chairman of the Evangelical Church of Germany, Bedford-Strohm, warned against demonising PEGIDA, …and called for an engagement on the basis of substantive content.
Demonstrators Singing Christmas Carols: “Alle Jahre wieder” [“Every year Again”]
[das Christuskind] Steht auch mir zur Seite / still und unerkannt,
[the Christ Child] Stands also at my side / Quietly and unrecognized
Reporter in Dresden: Traditional Christmas carols in a completely different context, sung by PEGIDA supporters in front of the Semperoper opera house in Dresden.
For them it is not about pre-Christmas joy, they are demonstrating for a decentralised housing of asylum seekers, and for zero tolerance for immigrants with criminal records.
For the tenth time in a series, there are again thousands.
PEGIDA Demonstrator 1: I am here today only because of ignorance of our politicians, the ignorance and mendacity of our politicians.
PEGIDA Demonstrator 2: I am standing here simply as a German who wants to live in his homeland and not feel like a stranger in it.
Reporter in Dresden: Also they are there again, thousands of counter-demonstrators, who have aligned themselves with the alliance Dresden-Nazifrei [“Dresden Nazi-Free”]
Only a police barrier separates them from the PEGIDA supporters, against whom they are raising their voice.
Counter-Demonstrator 1: It is inhuman and I think it is under the mantle of the Nazis.
Counter-Demonstrator 2: There is another Dresden, and that consists not only of PEGIDA, but of the majority of the population in Dresden; it is about open minded tolerance, and we welcome refugees.
Reporter in Dresden: There is a calmer tone in the evening in the Dresden Kreuzkirche [Lutheran] during the prayer for peace. Even that is a protest against the PEGIDA supporters and their Christmas singing.
State Bishop, Jochen Bohl: Evangelical-Lutheran Church, State Church of Saxony:
I find it really unaesthetic, when Christmas carols are used to put across a political message. That is not the meaning of Christmas; also it is not the meaning of carols.
And in that respect I take a very critical stance against it.
Reporter in Dresden: PEGIDA polarises, also on this Monday again, when Dresden is very much remote from the peace of Christmas.