With little fanfare, infamous right-wing anti-Islam group makes its way into Quebec

An ugly confrontation unfolded on the streets of Newcastle, England, last weekend.

On one side were approximately 2,000 people of all colours and creeds who had assembled under the banner of Newcastle Unites. On the other, a group of just under 400 people who came together to protest what they perceive as the Islamization of the western world; a “Muslim tide” they claim threatens the fabric of British society and its traditional values. The latter group was an apparent offshoot of the far-right organization PEGIDA — or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West. Since its formation in Germany last year, the group has managed to draw thousands into the streets in various European cities with what many perceive as a divisive and racist message.

In January, with little fanfare and even less media coverage, PEGIDA landed in Quebec.

A Facebook page set up by the group, featuring photos from PEGIDA demonstrations around the world, had attracted just under 600 “likes” as of Wednesday, and their first official rally is set to take place on March 28 in St-Léonard. The Montreal Gazette reached out to the organizers behind the page on Wednesday, but they did not respond to a request for comment…

  • tom_billesley

    Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me.

  • Martin B

    Heaven forbid the National Post even think of letting its readers make up their own minds about PEGIDA. Nope, they’ve got their metaphorical white hoods out and ready to roll to the defense of Islam.

  • Linda1000

    Oh yes, wonder if CSIS has seen these radical, dangerous pictures from Europe.

  • pop

    Time to give away the nation to Islamic people

  • lolwut?


    Good luck stopping this CSIS.

    CSIS Loves me, yes I know
    cause Big Brother tells me so.

    • Frau Katze

      Good one! I notice Quebec beat the Anglos at getting PEGIDA.

      • lolwut?

        It will get ugly though, Quebec is the main stomping ground for groups like the Black bloc and other far left groups who aren’t afraid of violence.

      • Surele Surele

        Ugly confrontation of “2,000 people of all colours and creeds”…against “400 people”… just wandering.