German Pegida announces new wave of demonstrations - police fear violent clashes

German Pegida announces new wave of demonstrations - police fear violent clashes
As German Pegida announces new wave of demonstrations, many thousand Germans are expected to take to the streets against what they call the Islamization of the West.

The police fear violent clashes will erupt as counter demonstrations are planned at the same time.

Just before Christmas 17,000 people attended a demonstration in the East German city of Dresden.

Pegida wrote to its 104,000 followers on Facebook that the demonstrations continues full force in the new year. According to the website there will be held demonstrations in seven German cities Monday night.

Germany is in many ways similar to Sweden when it comes to taboo parts of the immigration and asylum debate.

Germany accepts, beside Sweden, the highest number of refugees in all of Europe, and the pressure of immigration has caused concerns to the population. When many feel that the country do not dare to take the debates on problems and restriction of immigration, they express it on the streets.

According to a survey conducted by the German magazine Stern, one of eight Germans said that they would attend a Pegida demonstration if it was held in their home town.

On Monday evening it has been announced demonstrations in Berlin. But while the Pegida, or Bärgida as the local team in Berlin is called, - have around 600 participants, the Turkish society warned of 10,000 people in a counter-demonstration.

Despite that both demonstrations in the German capital asks its participants to be peaceful, the police fear that violent groups from one or both sides can exploit the demonstrations to create trouble, Berliner Morgenpost, writes.

That the demonstrations in Dresden are held just on Mondays has caused many to react. It was here that the weekly demonstrations against the DDR regime were held every Monday in 1989. The demonstrations were important to the fall of the Berlin Wall the same year.

Chancellor Angela Merkel warns against the protests - and that they have hijacked the same slogans that were used 25 years ago. "Wir sind das Volk" (We are the people).

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