Swiss Police Withdrew Permission for Pegida to Hold Rally in Basel

© REUTERS / Wolfgang RattayPolice use a water cannon during a protest march by supporters of anti-immigration right-wing movement PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) in Cologne, Germany, January 9, 2016
Police use a water cannon during a protest march by supporters of anti-immigration right-wing movement PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) in Cologne, Germany, January 9, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The police of the Swiss city of Basel banned Friday a rally by the German anti-Islamization movement Pegida, having previously approved the event scheduled for February 3.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The permission for Pegida to hold its rally, as well as for another group to hold a counter-demonstration, was withdrawn due to the "the latest findings and the current assessment of the situation," the police said, as quoted by Der Bund newspaper.

The cantonal police of Basel-Stadt had received "information about expected participation of several violent groups from both sides, both from home and from abroad," the statement read.

Pegida, an acronym for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, began organizing rallies in its home city of Dresden in October 2014, attracting hundreds and later thousands of supporters.

The far-right German movement gained support in many member states of the European Union amid rising anti-migrant sentiment as Europe faces its biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

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