JLH has translated an article from Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk with the latest on PEGIDA:
Pegida Wants to Govern in Dresden
With 4,300 demonstrators, PEGIDA was able to increase attendance on Monday. The news of the evening: The Islam critics intend to contest the mayoral election on June 7th. It was more peaceful this time for the spin-offs LEGIDA and CEGIDA, where there were hundreds of followers.
The PEGIDA movement will enter the mayoral race on June 7th. This was announced at Monday’s demonstration by the group’s leader, Lutz Bachmann. Bachmann will present the final candidate, who “will be thoroughly introduced.” “It is not me,” said Bachmann.
The ranks of PEGIDA have become thinner. But leader Bachmann has great plans.
After significant losses, the PEGIDA movement was able to show another gain on Monday. Police estimate 4,300 people took part in the so-called evening stroll through Dresden’s inner city. Last week there were less than half, with 2,000. In mid-January, they had reached a high point of 25,000. There were said to be about 400 in the counter demonstration. There were 573 police assigned. It was reported to have been peaceful.
Bachmann: Circular to German Muslims
Bachmann announced that he was working on a circular to all Muslims living in Germany, to Islamic communities and to imams. It will ask the addressees to distance themselves from Islamic terrorism.
Fewer Attend in Leipzig and Chemnitz
According to police estimates, the Leipzig spin-off LEGIDA attracted 650 demonstrators. About 600 gathered for the counter demonstration. 1,500 police officers took care of security. According to what we know at this time, there were two physical injuries and one case of property damage. Victims of the criminal acts were evidently LEGIDA demonstrators.
|1.||Or maybe more. See the footnote to Rembrandt Clancy’s article on Götz Kubitschek’s speech for further evidence that the “official” estimate of PEGIDA events tends to be more modest than other.
For links to previous articles about PEGIDA (Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) and related movements, see the PEGIDA Archives.