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In Solidarity Against Hate, Germans Turn Out Lights on Islamophobic, Far-Right Rallies

The Cologne Cathedral went dark to support anti-Pegida protesters. (Photo: Maja Hitij/EPA)

In Solidarity Against Hate, Germans Turn Out Lights on Islamophobic, Far-Right Rallies

Thousands of Germans took part in counter-demonstrations in several cities on Monday to combat what they see as the growing tide of anti-Muslim racism in Europe, particularly as weekly “pinstriped Nazi” marches continue to attract supporters.

Rallies promoting peace and tolerance were held in Dresden—where the weekly far-right protests, organized by a group that calls itself the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida), have been taking place since October—as well as in Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Muenster, and Hamburg.

— Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams

 

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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