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German Anti-Islamization Rally in Leipzig Postponed Until Wednesday

© REUTERS / Ina FassbenderProtesters take part in an anti-racism demonstration against the anti-immigration movement Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) in Duesseldorf, January 12, 2015
Protesters take part in an anti-racism demonstration against the anti-immigration movement Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) in Duesseldorf, January 12, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Pegida movement has to postpone its planned rally in Leipzig untill Wednesday following the ruling of the city's mayor.

Participants hold a banner during a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, in Dresden December 15, 2014. Several thousands opponents of Germany's policy towards asylum seekers and Islam took part in the protest in the eastern German town on Monday. The banner reads, Peaceful and united against wars of religion in Germany! - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW, January 19 (Sputnik) — A planned rally in Leipzig by a spinoff group of Germany's "anti-Islamization" Pegida movement has been postponed until Wednesday by the mayor of the city, the group said Monday.

Writing in a Facebook post, Pegida said the cancellation of Monday's rally was a "sleight of hand" by the city's mayor.

"Now we want, together with you, to show on Wednesday, 21.01.2015, in Leipzig WHO is the People. We need everyone who loves our land and is not an extremist, racist or xenophobe," the group said.

The announcement came hours after Pegida called off its planned demonstration in the movement's home city of Dresden on Monday, citing security reasons. It said there had been a "concrete threat" to a member of Pegida's organizing team, according to German police, which prompted it to cancel the demonstration.

Pegida has staged a number of organized anti-islamization rallies in Germany. Similar protests have taken place in Austria, France and Switzerland.

Many German officials condemn the movement, with anti-Pegida demonstrations regularly held in Germany.

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