The “Yes to Pegida” Petition, with 37,120 signatures was closed last night. In a note at the change.org petition page, it says: “Some user comments on this petition violated our community guidelines. We have begun an examination.”
It is that simple to erase politically inconvenient opinions on supposedly free Internet and suppress the will of the people. Only at great legal expense would it be possible to determine who submitted comments “against the community guidelines.”
In contrast, the petition against Pegida “for a diverse Germany” has been been heavily promoted by the same press that has attacked the pro-Pegida stance.
Bild titled its report: “Online petition against Pegida is internet hit,” n24 wrote “Rush to sign petition against Pegida.” Handelblatt informed its readers that “About 190,000 people sign #NoPegida,” while Tagesspiegel went with “Online petition ‘for a diverse Germany’ has rapid inflow.”
A reader of the blog (Politcally Incorrect) alleges that many entries are at pro-Pegida are fake. [I am having some trouble understanding the machine translation, but he appears to say there are multiples of the same name.]
Do we have an official “propaganda ministry”? One might almost think so. This steering of the people, by cooperation between the politicians and the press is close to a totalitarian system…
What cannot be denied is the attendance at the weekly rallies… We are the people!
Note: article and all links are in German. PEGIDA is an acronym meaning “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West.”