Merkel deplores new far-right group’s ‘hatred,’ has nothing to say about hatred spewed by Islam

Islamic street preachers in Germany: notice the bullhorn. Source.

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday warned the country’s citizens not to participate in weekly anti-Islam rallies that have attracted growing numbers of supporters in the eastern German city of Dresden.

521A Salafist demonstration in Solingen, Germany on May 1, 2012, moments before it degenerated into a violent riot.

Merkel condemned the organizers of the protests and said they were driven by prejudices and hatred against foreigners.

The chancellor used unusually direct words in her New Year’s speech on Wednesday for the rallies organized by a group calling itself Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA which have been attended by thousands.

When the protesters chant “we are the people,” they actually mean to say “you don’t belong — because of your religion or your skin color,” Merkel said.

PEGIDA organizers insist they are protesting only against extremism and not against immigrants or Islam itself, but the demonstrations have received support from far-right groups, prompting concerns that anti-foreigner sentiment might be rising.

Immigration has emerged as a contentious topic lately in Germany, partly due to a sharp rise in asylum applications, particularly from Syrians…

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  • Pete_Brewster

    Happy New Year to you too, comrade Erika. May it be the year you join Honecker in hell at last, and the Fourth Reich with you.

    May it be this year that Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin returns to Dresden to a hero’s welcome, and the year Europe’s arselifters get the holy war they crave—and lose.

  • pdxnag

    Why must anyone effectively lie and claim that Islam is Peace by saying that they do not oppose this non-existent Islam? Of course Islam and those who advocate it are highly dangerous. This is beyond dispute, so why pretend there is any dispute? Depressing.

  • Yessir baconFat

    the world has gone mad. Letting the wolf into the hen house. These people tell you right up front. Islam is Islam… we will conquer you, we want sharia, the kuffar/infidel will pay taxes or death, we will kill the gays… and the left embraces this.

    And in Ontario Wynne almost got sharia into law… Mcguinty the only good thing he did was stop that insanity. (correct me if I’m wrong on this one as I was living overseas during that time)

  • Merkel will soon know she has made a big mistake by speaking up on this issue.

    She has given the group a lot of free advertising.

  • Yessir baconFat

    ok. I’ve had my laugh of the day. I clicked on the source link for the pic.

    This is priceless “Professor Werner Schiffauer thinks moderate Salafists could help combat the problem”

    Finding moderation in Salafism (sp?) is like finding a liberal that can balance a budget.

    • Frau Katze

      Classic oxymoron.

  • simus1

    Merkel barks when she is told to bark.
    Wonder how much dirt Putin has on her?

  • Dhimmi Merkel, like Cameron and Hollande, thinks that by denying the dangers posed by Muslims in the West these dangers will somehow not materialize. She is afraid to have to deal with the reality in front of her with the necessary energy. This means someone will have to try and deal with an even greater threat a bit later. These people forget the saying – a stitch in time saves nine.

  • Concerned Canadian

    I have a sneaky feeling these European leaders are setting the stage that when real violence finally occurs, they can lay the blame on the anti islam groups.