The Daily Fix: After the Paris Massacre, German Group Holds Anti-Islam Demonstrations
More than 1 million people gathered in Paris on Sunday for a rally in solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine. But in Germany, a group calling itself Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident, also known as PEGIDA, is using the massacre to stir up anti-Islamist sentiment.
The group will hold a rally on Monday in the city of Leipzig to condemn the attack on Charlie Hebdo, Agence France-Presse reported. Participants will wear black armbands and observe a moment of silence for the 17 victims in Paris.
Last week, 18,000 people came to an anti-Islam march in Dresden, and some held up images of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. A counterprotest against the group drew 35,000 people in Dresden. Demonstrators carried signs that read "I am Charlie but not PEGIDA."
Leipzig officials have banned marchers from displaying the cartoons, and some German politicians want the organization to call off the march.
If the march goes forward, German Muslim groups are calling for a counterdemonstration, and Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to attend and show support for the Muslim community. The chancellor has said groups like PEGIDA have "hatred in their hearts."
"It is simply disgusting how the people behind these protests are trying to exploit the despicable crimes in Paris," Justice Minister Heiko Maas told Bild.
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