Old Tactics Resurface In Anti-Islam Protests

In September 1989, a popular movement against the communist government of the German Democratic Republic began with a few hundred people gathering in a small church square in Leipzig.

The weekly protests gathered momentum across East Germany and within six weeks an estimated 300,000 took part, many waving banners proclaiming “We Are The People!”.

It was called the “quiet earthquake” which helped demolish the Berlin Wall and defrost the Cold War.

Now the same device of a weekly, after work, silent show of strength is being employed by another movement in Germany.

They call themselves Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of The West or PEGIDA and have seen their support mushroom in a matter of weeks .

  • Pete_Brewster

    Yes, well, by 1989 the GDR 1.0 was flat broke and could no longer count on Soviet assistance if the natives got restless. GDR 2.0 can borrow at near-zero interest rates to its shriveled heart’s content, and has plenty of American troops to act as enforcers.

    Again, I worry the parallel is less 1989 than 1953.


    • Frau Katze

      That worries me, but they are more likely to try UK tactics first: severely restricting demos (see: EDL).