German anti-radicalisation group Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of Europe (PEGIDA) have had their regular Monday-evening ‘stroll’ through the city of Dresden cancelled for the second week in a row as the city gave permission for a ‘tolerance rock concert’ instead.
Despite expecting 40,000, the concert drew a crowd of 22,000 but featured some of Germany’s best known bands. Questions are now being asked about where the anti-PEGIDA movement gets its money from. Although the anti-PEGIDA rallies often draw large crowds, some in Dresden have noted many supporters are bussed into the city for rallies from across the country, and have resources at their disposal that elude other citizen-driven street movements.
Following accusations that the local Saxon state government had secretly been channelling funding to anti-PEGIDA groups, members of the Eurosceptic party Alternative for Germany (AfD) have started an investigation. A senior member of the local AfD branch told Breitbart London that while these investigations are not part of official AfD policy, he and other members of the local government who were sympathetic to the PEGIDA movement were looking into the matter.
Breitbabrt London understands that if satisfactory answers were not forthcoming from the Dresden town hall, they would escalate the complaint to the state government.
Dresden is fairly unique among European cities in that it is unusually ethnically homogeneous, and strongly culturally German. When an Eritrean immigrant was murdered by his flat-mate over money and drug disagreements earlier this year, the body of the deceased had to be removed to a different German city because isn’t a single Muslim burial ground anywhere in Dresden.
Despite the mayor of Dresden calling on people not to jump to conclusions regarding the motive of the murder, which took place during a PEGIDA rally elsewhere in the city, PEGIDA supporters were implicated by global media and newspapers.
PEGIDA has moved its weekly rally to Sunday, holding its first gathering in the city since local police banned a march on the pretext of a “concrete” terrorist threat against its leadership and the resignation of founder Lutz Bachmann after a photograph surfaced purporting to show him styled as Adolph Hitler. Although anti-PEGIDA activists condemned the photograph, supporters told Breitbart London it should be taken in the spirit it was intended, comedy.
A PEGIDA organiser told Breitbart London last week, as the news of Bachmann’s resignation broke: “We Germans have a difficult past. It is one of those things, you can laugh or cry about it. It is better to make a joke to help everyone deal with the past and move on”.