Dresden Police Expect 10,000 for Pegida Rally, Counter-Demostration

© AP Photo / Jens MeyerProtestors wave a German flag in front of the Church of Our Lady during a demonstration of PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West) in Dresden, eastern Germany, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.
Protestors wave a German flag in front of the Church of Our Lady during a demonstration of PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West) in Dresden, eastern Germany, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Up to 10,000 people are expected to assemble Monday in the eastern German city of Dresden for a rally marking the first anniversary of the founding of the migrant-sceptic Pegida group, and for a counter-demonstration, a local police spokesperson said.

BERLIN (Sputnik) — The anniversary of the self-styled union of "patriotic Europeans," which campaigns against the "Islamization of the West," will take place amid a major migration crisis in Europe that has seen around 600,000 refugees arrive in the EU since the start of 2015.

"We expect a total attendance of no less than 10,000 people," a police spokesperson told RIA Novosti.

German police officers escort members of BAERGIDA, Berlin's section of anti-immigration movement Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA), during a rally as they walk next to the Reichstags building in Berlin, Germany September 7, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The Pegida rally is scheduled for 18:30 p.m. (16:30 GMT) at its now established assembly point outside the Dresden opera house in the city center.

At the peak of its popularity last January the movement managed to draw crowds of 25,000 people in Dresden. Pegida protests are traditionally accompanied by rival demonstrations in support of immigration and tolerance.

More than 800,000 people expected to claim asylum in Germany by the end of this year. Most of migrants come from war-torn Syria.

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