MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Saturday, the Germany-based Pegida movement held anti-Islamization rallies all over Europe. The group announced the creation of an Irish branch during the demonstration in Dublin.
According to the RTE broadcaster, anti-Pegia protesters pursued several people they believed were members of the anti-Islamization movement. Confrontation began as the police stepped in.
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.