Estimates for the number of demonstrators who turned out for PEGIDA in Dresden this week vary from 15,000 (the lefties) to 40,000 (the organizers). However, all sources agree that it was a record crowd. The counter-demonstrators were substantially fewer in number.
Many thanks to JLH for translating this brief account from Junge Freiheit:
Drum-Roll in Dresden: Record Attendance at PEGIDA
DRESDEN: By our calculations, there were probably 30,000 or so people in Dresden on Monday. That is the highest number for the year. The organizers mentioned up to 40,000 people; the leftist student group Durchgezählt (“Tallied-Up”) claims about 15,000. For months now, the police have not given an estimate.
During the demonstration, there were numerous attacks on both police and demonstrators by left-wing groups. At least one PEGIDA follower was badly injured. The leftists tried time and again to break through the police lines. According to the news agency dpa there were altogether approximately 11,000 counter-demonstrators, who had been called up by, among others, the Linke (Left) party and the Greens.
PEGIDA co-founder Lutz Bachmann opened the proceedings with the words: “We have come to stay. And we are staying to win.” He announced the intention of making a criminal complaint against Federal Minister Thomas de Maizière (CDU), who had called the PEGIDA founders “hard right extremists” and warned against participating in the demonstrations.
The map below the jump shows how PEGIDA was attacked from all sides in a very calculated manner on Monday night. As Nash Montana (who sent the map) says: “Caesar would be proud.”
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.