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    The population of some Catalan municipalities, such as Salt, is made up of 40 percent Muslim immigrants, a representative of a Catalan political party with a similar political discourse to German Pegida said.

    MADRID, January 29 (Sputnik) – The phenomena of "islamization" is stronger in Spain than in Germany, the secretary general of Plataforma per Catalunya, a Catalan political party with a similar political discourse to German Pegida, told Sputnik Thursday.

    "In Spain, the problem of Islamization is worse than in cities such as Dresden, where there is only four percent immigration, despite the success that the Pegida movement has, which managed to unite 18,000 people in a protest against Islamization," Robert Hernando said.

    According to Hernando, the population of some Catalan municipalities, such as Salt, is made up of 40 percent Muslim immigrants.

    "Spain is in the terrorism spotlight, as they consider it a territory they must reconquer," Hernando said.

    Norwegian sympathizers of the German right-wing populist movement PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident) carrying Norwegian flags march in Oslo
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    Hernando added that an important Pegida rally might be held in Catalonia in coming weeks.

    The Dresden-based, anti-Islamization Pegida movement garnered a lot of attention following the recent attacks in Paris, which included the assault on the Charlie Hebdo magazine's office. Since then the group has staged weekly demonstrations against what it regards as the Islamization of Europe. Several offshoots of the group are currently operating across Europe.

    Following the Paris attacks, Muslim communities across Europe have been facing Islamophobia in recent weeks. According to the National Observatory Against Islamophobia's statement last week, at least 128 anti-Muslim incidents were registered in France alone in the 14 days following the tragedy.

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