Pegida Members, Counter-Demonstrators, Irish Police Clash at Dublin Rally

© REUTERS / Clodagh KilcoyneMembers of the Garda Public Order Unit and riot police confront protestors at an anti-racism demonstration against the launch of an Irish branch of PEGIDA in Dublin, Ireland
Members of the Garda Public Order Unit and riot police confront protestors at an anti-racism demonstration against the launch of an Irish branch of PEGIDA in Dublin, Ireland - Sputnik International
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Scuffles broke out between the members of the Pegida anti-Islamization movement, counter-demonstrators and the local police in the Irish capital of Dublin during a Pegida rally, local media reported.

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.

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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.

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The broadcaster reported that one of its cameramen was injured during the clashes.

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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