"No Pegida," a German movement aimed at offsetting the rise of the anti-immigration and anti-Islamist umbrella organization called Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, is set to gather in central Dresden just hours before a scheduled Pegida protest that has Geert Wilders, a notorious Dutch right-wing leader, as a key guest speaker.
"If the increasingly radical Pegida succeeds in holding this event, it can serve as a concept for building a European right-wing network," No Pegida said in a statement.
Pegida's demonstration is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. local time (15:00 GMT), while the No Pegida rally will be held at 12:30 p.m. (10:30 GMT).
No Pegida blames Pegida for the worsening social climate in the eastern German state of Saxony. It claims that the number of attacks on refugees, migrants and other vulnerable people in the region has surged since Pegida held its first protest October 2014.
Pegida's early rallies initially went unnoticed until it began gathering worldwide notoriety for its increasingly harsh anti-immigration rhetoric. The group's fearful polemic struck a chord with some Germans, expressing their unhappiness with a rising influx of refugees and what they regard as their fear of a growing impact of Islam on Europe's cultural identity.