A recent anti-Islamization demonstration in Dresden that made a point of avoiding right-wing symbols drew thousands. Now, the PEGIDA movement is spreading to other cities, fueled by worries of Islamic radicalism.
Kerstin Köditz, a politician from the Left Party, the successors to the East German communists, sounded the alarm, claiming Nazis, hooligans and punks were among the demonstrators. But most are less politically extreme citizens, who are fearful of “Islamic State” terror or new refugee homes popping up near their own residences.
“So, it’s a conglomeration of carriers of racist ideologies and concerned citizens, who are radicalized in the process,” said Köditz, the Left’s spokeswoman on “anti-fascist politics” in Saxony’s state parliament.