About 2,000 Rally in Frankfurt Against Pegida Anti-Islamization Group

© AFP 2022 / DPA / CHRISTOPH SCHMIDTCountermarchers protest against a rally of the initiative "Widerstand Ost/West" (Resistance East/West, WOW), a union of right-wing nationalists, Islamophobes and hooligans, on June 20, 2015 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany
Countermarchers protest against a rally of the initiative Widerstand Ost/West (Resistance East/West, WOW), a union of right-wing nationalists, Islamophobes and hooligans, on June 20, 2015 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany - Sputnik International
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Some 2,000 people took to streets of the German city of Frankfurt to protest against a demonstration held by anti-Islamization Pegida movement, local media reported.

Participants gather during an anti-immigration rally organised by an initiative called Stop Islamisation of Europe and backed by the far-right People's Party-Our Slovakia in Bratislava, Slovakia - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Both demonstrations took place on Saturday. The number of Pegida supporters was dramatically lower, with Die Welt news outlet reporting that only 200 attended the anti-Islamization march.

Several thousand police officers were deployed in the area ahead of the demonstrations but the measure could not prevent clashes between the opposing groups, according to the news outlet. Some activists and law enforcement representatives sustained injures, the police reported, adding that they arrested several protesters.

Pegida is a Dresden-based political movement that has been organizing actions against immigration and what they refer to as "Islamization" of Europe since October 2014. The movement has inspired series of anti-immigration protests in other Western countries.

Every Pegida meeting is accompanied by the meeting of its opponents, who support multiculturalism and welcome migration.

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