Photo shows the Justice Minister Heiko Maas — who called for the cancellation — visiting a mosque shortly after the attacks in Paris. Source.
BERLIN — Germany’s justice minister is calling on organizers of anti-Islam rallies in Dresden to cancel a planned protest Monday out of respect for the victims of the terror attacks in France.
The weekly rallies are organized by a group called the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or Pegida. They often accuse mainstream media of lying about immigration and other issues.
Organizers of Monday’s demonstration have asked participants to wear black ribbons to honor the victims of three days of terror in Paris that started with an attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
But Justice Minister Heiko Maas told newspaper Bild on Sunday that the rally should be canceled, saying it’s “simply disgusting” that organizers want to commemorate victims “that last week they still insulted as lying journalists.”
At Politically Incorrect, the writers deny they ever called the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists liars, but that they are referring to Germany’s mainstream media.
Naturally the government desperately wants to stop the protests and will seize on any excuse it can find. Notice also how familiar the minister is with the site — the government is watching it.
Meanwhile, Suspected Member of IS Group Arrested in Germany: BERLIN — German prosecutors say they have arrested a suspected member of the Islamic State group.
The federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement late Saturday that a 24-year-old man identified as Nils D. was arrested in Dinslaken in western Germany and his apartment was raided.
The suspect allegedly traveled to Syria in October in 2013 where he joined IS fighters. He returned to Germany in November 2014.
A local prosecutor in Duesseldorf had opened a separate terror investigation against the man in early 2014, but federal prosecutors said there was no indication that he was planning any concrete attacks. They also said his arrest was not related to the terror attacks in Paris.