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    A picture taken on December 15, 2014 shows supporters of the PEGIDA movement, Patriotische Europaeer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes, which translates to Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamification of the Occident, taking part in a rally in Dresden, eastern Germany. File photo

    Anti-Islamization Pegida Movement Gains Ground at Dresden Mayoral Election

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    Sunday’s mayoral vote in Dresden saw increased interest in the German anti-Islamization movement Pegida, which took part in an election for the first time, media reported Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Pegida’s candidate, Tatjana Festerling, came in fourth, with 9.6 percent of votes, during the first round of elections after an opinion poll predicted she would gain between one and two percent only.

    The German-based Pegida, for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, began organizing rallies in its home city of Dresden in October 2014, attracting tens of thousands of supporters.

    In the wake of founder Lutz Bachman's early 2015 resignation, after posting a photograph of himself looking like Adolf Hitler to Facebook, more recent Pegida rallies have drawn around 2,000 supporters.

    The movement inspired several anti-immigration protests in other European countries and Canada.


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