Germany’s anti-Islamisation sentiment isn’t going to disappear any time soon

Consider the odium Ukip attracts from right-thinking pundits – by which I obviously don’t mean right as in conservative – square it, and you’re getting close to the opprobrium that the anti-Islamisation movement, Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident), is attracting in Germany, not to mention outside it. For a group of demonstrators that number around 17,500 at the most in their most popular Monday gatherings in Dresden, it’s remarkable the breadth of the coalition against them: the churches, Angela Merkel (‘there can be no place in Germany for religious hatred’), the employers federation leader, Ulrich Grillo (‘we should welcome more refugees’) and obviously every anti-racism group on the left. The anti-Pegida demonstrations are gaining in numbers too – there were an estimated 25,000 people at one Munich rally against racism. And granted, there’s plainly quite a number of the Pegida demonstrators who are right-wing extremists; any journalist at these gatherings can muster hair-raising quotes from individual demonstrators within a matter of minutes.

Trouble is, though, they’re not just nutters. There’s a reason why the numbers – including pensioners and manual workers – at these anti-Islamisation gatherings – or Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West – swelled from around 200 at their inception in October in Dresden to the thousands the Monday meetings attract now in cities around Germany. One is that mainstream politics have not articulated popular concerns about immigration, and notably immigration from outside Europe. Indeed a poll for Der Spiegel suggested that two thirds of Germans feel that Merkel doesn’t adequately reflect concern about it.

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  • winniec

    The Czechs and Germans have come to the conclusion en masse that Muslim immigration is accompanied by so many sociological disadvantages that it should be stopped. The Czech President recently said, ‘We don’t need Muslim immigration in the Czech Republic.’ There has been a doubling of support for counterjihad in United States since May 2014…and it’s still growing. There is a massive turning against Obama’s pandering to political Islam. ISIS has revealed the true face of Islam to the world and the knowledge of Islam’s inherent viciousness cannot be unlearned.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It may be sooner rather than later that the pressure cooker explodes in the face of Europe’s elite.

  • How many European no go-zones does it take before the multi-cultural fantasy bubble bursts?

  • moraywatson

    Islam is not a “race”. And those who oppose its totalitarian agenda are not “nutters”.

  • ntt1

    I read an article about how 10% of Germany’s population were nazis yet that core decided the fatal direction of the country.
    They arose due to common outrage over the treaty of Versailles.
    Now we have a very popular outrage over population replacement by the political elites ,it would be wise of the elites to listen and make accommodation before extremism is born out of frustration and censorship.

    • WalterBannon

      nazis, progressives, same thing

      • ntt1

        We have way more than 10% progressives/nazis /marxists active in ALL our institutions, and it shows

  • roccolore

    I guess Germans are tired of being raped, shunned, and shoved aside for welfare moochers. Too bad the government doesn’t care.