German justice minister condemns anti-Islam protest in Dresden: ’There are limits to the political battle of ideas‘

Protest in Dresden. Source.

Berlin (dpa) – German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has called for cross-party condemnation of a mass anti-Islam protest that drew more than 10,000 people in the eastern city of Dresden late on Monday.

“There are limits to the political battle of ideas. All political parties should clearly distance themselves from these protests,” he told Spiegel Online on Tuesday.

The demonstration, organized by anti-Islam group Pegida – an acronym that loosely translates as Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West – passed off relatively peacefully, despite the presence of 9,000 counter-demonstrators.

“We can‘t be silent if a xenophobic atmosphere is being built on the backs of people who have lost everything and come to us for help,” he added. “We have to be clear that the demonstrators are not the majority”…