British chapter of anti-Islamisation protest group opens

A GERMAN group organising mass "anti-Islamisation" protests has opened a new British chapter that plans to march in Manchester and Newcastle in coming weeks.

More than 25,000 people attended the last weekly rally in the German city of Dresden, held by Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West, better known as Pegida.

Similar-sized crowds have protested against Pegida.

Pegida's leader Lutz Bachmann resigned yesterday after a photo of him sporting a Hitler moustache was posted to his Facebook page, with the words "he is back".

But he was adamant the movement would continue without him.

It is already gaining traction in the UK, where the group's Facebook page has more than 10,000 "likes" since it was launched on January 4.

A similar page with 3700 "likes" has been launched for Pegida Spain.

Topics:  germany islam muslim protest

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