Feb 7 2016
Clashes break out across the globe as tens of thousands take to the streets to protest Muslim immigration
Though mostly peaceful, some violent scuffles broke out across Europe and as far away as Australia today as thousands of people taking part in PEGIDA anti-Muslim immigration protests clashed with a small number of pro-Muslim groups and riot control police.
UK Daily Mail Police in Dresden, Germany, saw about thousands of protesters at a rally organised by the group Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) , making it the biggest of a coordinated series of demonstrations across European cities.
Known by its German acronym PEGIDA, the group emerged in Dresden two years ago and has become a magnet for anti-Muslim immigrant sentiment.
BRITAIN: In Birmingham, placards were seen all over saying ‘Trump is right’, ‘We will not stay silent as women are raped’ and ‘Nazism = Islamism.’
FRANCE: Supporters of PEGIDA demonstrate in Calais:
Policemen arrest General of Army Corps, Christian Piquemal, who came out to support the anti-Islam protesters at the PEGIDA rally in Calais:
AUSTRALIA: Young anti-Islam protesters came out in Canberra:
Sherman Burgess, the Great Aussie Patriot, and Blair Cottrell, leader of United Patriots Front, were among the speakers:
Daniel Evans from Reclaim Australia is pictured standing before the demonstrators in the country’s capital city, Canberra:
IRELAND: Riot police in Dublin stood between the Irish branch of PEGIDA and pro-Muslim demonstrators:
NETHERLANDS: Plainclothes police officers wrestle a man to the ground during the PEGIDA demonstration held in Amsterdam.
Riot police were also needed in Amsterdam today in order to separate the groups. The banner pictured reads: ‘Islamists not welcome’
GERMANY: Anti-Muslim immigration protesters marched through Dresden, the city where PEGIDA was originally formed:
CZECH REPUBLIC: Thousands of people gathered in front of Prague Castle, in the Czech capital, for a demonstration called ‘Together against islamization’ organized by Czech right-wing populist party Usvit:
POLAND: Anti-Muslim protesters light flares, hold up Poland scarves and banners and shout slogans during rally in front of the Royal Castle:
Though small in numbers, there was a pro-Muslim contingent in each city: