Pegida offshoot set to demo next week

Former Pegida spokeswoman Kathrin Oertel has moved on from the anti-Islamization group and started a new conservative movement, it was reported on Monday.

Oertel became one of the best known faces of Pegida, a movement that stands for the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, after appearing on the movement’s behalf on talk show Günther Jauch.

The new group, called Direct Democracy for Europe, will hold its first demonstration in Dresden on Sunday, February 8.

Direct Democracy for Europe is supposed to be for citizens and conservative, “just right of the Christian Democratic Union”, to which Angela Merkel belongs, reported Zeit. The new group will not focus so closely on asylum-seekers, but rather call for more conservative politics in Germany.

Oertel along with former Pegida organiser Bernd-Volker Lincke are among those who have founded the new group after they left Pegida’s central core last week.