Anti-Islamist movement Pegida surfaces in Spain

An anti-Islamic movement that is growing in Germany has opened a branch in Spain following last weeks attacks in France, the group said on Wednesday.

The Spanish wing of Pegida was launched on Twitter on January 8, the day after an attack by Islamist gunmen on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris that left 12 people dead including some of the country’s best-loved cartoonists.

“Islam has no place in free and democratic societies like Europe,” the group said in one of its first Twitter messages that day.

The Spanish branch of the “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident” (Pegida) has just over 800 followers on its Twitter page and over 2,700 likes on its Facebook page…