MOSCOW, January 29 (Sputnik), Anastasia Levchenko — The resignation of the leaders of the Dresden-based Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida) movement is unlikely to have a profound negative impact on it, Pegida Spain told Sputnik Thursday.
"We think that the resignation of five members of the Pegida Germany leadership is not that serious for the movement itself. We think that our movement is a lot more important than any single person," the spokesperson for Pegida Spain told Sputnik.
Pegida spokeswoman Kathrin Oertel stepped down on Wednesday due to threats, hostility and hounding by the media, according to a statement on the movement's Facebook page.
"Nobody wants to be associated with 'Nazi-ideologies', but it is natural that we also have right-wing followers because of the movement's profile," the spokesperson said.
Pegida is an anti-immigrant and anti-Islamization movement that was founded in Dresden in 2014. Since then, Pegida has organized weekly demonstrations in Dresden against the growing influence of Islam in Europe. However, the next rally scheduled for February 2 has been canceled due to "organizational and legal reasons."
"In Spain, we are not negatively affected [by the recent developments], we are growing and working on establishing more regional groups," the Pegida Spain spokesperson said.
Islamophobia has been on the rise in Europe recently following the attacks in Paris and its outskirts in early January by radicalized Muslims that claimed the lives of 17 people.