Germany: Anti-Islam PEGIDA makes surprise gains in first local polls

A surprise to the media who continue to try and downplay the growing opposition to Muslim colonization while they overstate and laud the fascist counter events. AFP does it again in this article. via German anti-Islam PEGIDA makes surprise gains in first local polls

Frankfurt (AFP) – Germany’s anti-Islam PEGIDA movement took nearly 10 percent of the vote in mayoral elections in its eastern stronghold of Dresden Sunday, a better-than-expected result for a group whose weekly demonstrations have steadily dwindled.

In what was PEGIDA’s first appearance at the ballot box, candidate Tatjana Festerling came fourth in the city’s polls, sparked after the conservative mayor resigned for health reasons, with 9.6 percent of the vote.

The only opinion poll published ahead of the election, by the Technical University of Dresden, had predicted she would secure between just one and two percent of votes.

The surprisingly strong showing is likely to be hailed as a success by PEGIDA, which stands for “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident” and at its height brought up to 25,000 people onto the streets of Dresden, although later rallies attracted smaller crowds.

In her campaign speeches, 51-year-old Festerling called for a “renaissance” of German culture and condemned asylum seekers who have “left family and home because here there’s somewhere nice to live and you get dough from the state”.

The group, founded late last year, has also been weakened in recent months by internal strife and scandal among its leaders, yet it still managed to spur PEGIDA clones in other cities, while also sparking often far bigger counter-protests.

 

Germany: 35,000 rally against Islamization; French cartoonists oppose, Merkel panders to Muslims

 The world has come to expect politicians to bow down and kiss the asses of Muslims whose religion terrorizes the world. But French cartoonists who just had ten of their colleagues slaughtered by Muslims?

Sadly, Chamberlainism is now pandemic. via French caricaturists target Pegida marchers – The Local.

French cartoonists distributed a flyer in Dresden on Sunday criticizing anti-Islam demonstrators’ use of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris to try and boost their support.

“We refuse to let Pegida profit from the memory of our colleagues”, a spokesman for the cartoonists told DPA.

But the French illustrators – including one Charlie Hebdo employee, Dutch cartoonist Willem, who survived the attacks because he was out of the office – say that Pegida stands for everything their colleagues hated.

“We, the French and francophone illustrators, are appalled by the murder of our friends.

“And we’re disgusted that far-right forces are trying to instrumentalize their deaths for their own purposes,” they wrote.

One caricature shows a hyena, a jackal and a vulture sniffing at blood seeping out from the door of the Charlie Hebdo office.

The cartoonists say that “in this struggle, Dresden is a symbolic city just like Paris” – and call on Dresdeners to reconsider their views about Muslims.

Why should they? Why ignore reality? Apparently nothing will wake up liberals, even those who once mocked Mohammed. Where were the cartoons about CAIR and Fatah hijacking Charlie Hebdo events?

 While an estimated 35,000 people demonstrated in Dresden against Pegida on Saturday, the anti-Islam group is hoping to beat its record attendance at the euphemistically-named “evening strolls” of 18,000 last Monday.

 And an attack on the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper on Saturday, which had reprinted some Charlie Hebdo cartoons following the Paris massacre, is likely to ensure that feelings are running high at the march – and possibly draw more participants.

 Political leaders from left and right called on Pegida to cancel its Monday night demonstration.

 “If the organizers had a shred of decency they would simply cancel these demonstrations”, Justice Minister Heiko Maas of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) told Bild.

 Christian Social Union (CSU) leader Horst Seehofer agreed, telling ARD television that “when the whole world is mourning and in shock over the events in Paris”, Pegida leaders should “for the time being” cancel their rallies.

Dhimmitude. AFP/Yahoo deflated the number of Pediga protestors and inflated the number of counter protesters. via 25,000 attend German anti-Islam march, but counter-protests bigger – Yahoo News.

Dresden (Germany) (AFP) – A record 25,000 people joined an anti-Islamic march in Germany on Monday, claiming their stance was vindicated by last week’s Paris jihadist attacks.

However, the impressive turnout was dwarfed by 100,000 counter-demonstrators calling for tolerance nationwide.

Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier stressed that “Islam belongs to Germany” and announced she would on Tuesday join a Muslim community rally in Berlin against extremism, along with most of her cabinet ministers.

The new Charlie Hebdo cover was announced too, although we don’t quite get it. All is forgiven?

Mohammed crying and holding up a "Je suis Charlie" sign under the words: "All is forgiven"

Mohammed crying and holding up a “Je suis Charlie” sign under the words: “All is forgiven”

Update: Charlie Hebdo’s new edition: ‘We can’t remain silent’

…cartoonist Renald Luzier, known as Luz, displayed the edition’s cover, which shows a frowning Prophet Muhammad holding a sign that says, “Je suis Charlie” — “I am Charlie” — under the headline, “All is forgiven.”

Luzier described how he came up with the drawing following last week’s attack, blamed on two Islamist brothers later slain by police. Eight staff members were among the dozen people killed in the assault.

“I said to myself, we must do a drawing that above all makes us laugh, and not one on the emotional charge we are victims of,” he said.

He drew Muhammad crying, he said, and then cried himself.

“This was not the front page the world wanted us to draw, it was our front page. This is not the front page that the terrorists want us to draw — there are no terrorists in it, just a man who cries,” he said.

“This Muhammad is so much nicer than the ones the terrorists brandish,” Biard said, holding the cover aloft. “He’s sympathetic. Look at him, he’s crying!”

Sometimes silence is better than ignorance or outright lies.

Germany: Anti-Islamization protests grow to 15,000 in Dresden

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via Anti-immigration protests grow in Germany | Reuters.

A new grass-roots movement that assails the German government for ignoring its fears of being overrun by Muslims and other immigrants attracted a record 15,000 marchers on Monday in the eastern city of Dresden.

The fast-growing movement that calls itself PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, has drawn support from the far-right as well as some ordinary Germans alarmed by a sharp rise in refugees, many fleeing conflict in the Middle East.

The rallies have spread rapidly across Germany since starting with a local social media appeal in Dresden two months ago. They are now beginning to unsettle the German political establishment, which has spent decades restoring Germany’s image as an open, tolerant country after the devastation of the Nazis.

“The politicians in Germany have lost touch with the people and that’s why they can’t comprehend what’s happening here,” Lutz Bachmann, the 41-year-old gravel-voiced leader of the movement, told marchers from a makeshift stage.

In recent weeks, media reports have exposed Bachmann’s own criminal record for among other things burglary, drunk driving and drug dealing.

At the rally on Monday he lashed out at the media for what he said were lies about the movement, eliciting chants of “Luegenpresse! Luegenpresse!” (media lies!) from a fired-up group of demonstrators, mostly white men over 40 wearing shabby clothing.

Bachmann started PEGIDA in October to protest plans to add 14 centres for roughly 2,000 refugees in Dresden.

The number of asylum-seekers in Germany has surged to some 200,000 this year, more than any other western country, due in part to an influx of Syrians.

Even though foreigners are scarce in Dresden and the Saxony region compared to other parts of Germany, Bachmann’s protest reverberated and his Monday rallies have grown from a few hundred to 10,000 a week ago and now to 15,000.

Marchers on Monday carried banners reading “Courage for the truth”, “Stop immigrants abusing our social welfare system” and “We miss our country”.

They chanted: “If you don’t love Germany, leave it” and “We’re the people” – the slogan used by pro-democracy demonstrators whose marches in eastern cities like Dresden led to the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago.

Lutz Hagen, a professor at Dresden’s Technical University, said it was wrong to write off all PEGIDA supporters as far-right nuts. “It’s already a broad movement and could become even broader,” he said.

More via Germany: 15,000 join anti-Islam protest in Dresden.

Fifteen thousand people marched in the eastern German city of Dresden on Monday (15 December) in protest against “asylum cheaters” and the rising “Islamisation” of the West.

Marking a 50% rise in attendance since the demonstration last Monday, the founder of the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident (PEGIDA), Lutz Bachmann, addressed the protestors saying: “The people are with us! Everywhere now, in every news rag, on every senseless talk show, they are debating, and the most important thing is: the politicians can no longer ignore us!

“We have shown by taking another ‘little stroll’, and by growing in numbers, that we’re on the right path, and that slowly, very slowly, something is beginning to change in this country.”

 


Shoebat.com notes: Anti-Islamization Group in Germany Compared to Nazis Who Were Allies of Muslim Brotherhood

Anti-Islamic immigration protesters that are part of the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident (PEGIDA) in Germany are being referred to by left-wing journalists as ‘pinstripe Nazis’ because of the way they dress and outwardly conduct themselves but this charge runs into a rather large snag in one simple respect. Nazis collaborated with the Muslims in World War II. Nazis and Muslims worked together to target the Jews specifically.

And this: Only 13 percent of Germans completely disagree with the PEGIDA anti-Islam demonstrations. 75 percent agree fully or to some degree

Update: A record 17,000 anti-Islamic protesters rallied for their tenth demonstration in as many weeks Monday in eastern Germany

Germany: Muslims activate “Shariah Police” patrols across Ruhr city (updated)

Sharia crept in and is now being enforced in parts of Germany. via Police throw book at Shariah vigilantes – The Local.

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Authorities in Wuppertal are cracking down on conservative young Islamists who have mounted ‘police’ patrols by drinking and gambling venues in the Ruhr city, officials said on Friday.

Charges of unlawful assembly and use of uniform in public were brought against 11 members of a group trying to enforce aspects of strict Islamic Sharia law in the North Rhine-Westphalia city, a spokeswoman for the Wuppertal police told The Local.

Officers stopped the 11-man group on the street on Wednesday. Some were wearing orange vests bearing the words ‘Shariah Police’, in violation of federal German law, the spokeswoman said.

The group has been stopping young people at local drinking and gambling establishments and urging them to abstain from activities deemed to be ungodly according to Islam.

The Wednesday incident was the first time they had directly violated the law, and no formal complaints had been made against them.

“There is no evidence that they have intimated anybody,” the spokeswoman said, adding that talks were under way between integration authorities and local mosque leaders to address the situation.

Wednesday was also the day the group created its Facebook account, which by Friday had been ‘Liked’ by more than 1,500 visitors.

“Can a vest and a name really cause so much headache?” the group posted on its page after the encounter with police.

“What have all the grumblers now coming out of the woodwork done for wayward youth?” it also asked. “Do you realize how many are buying and consuming drugs? If you are so honest and good, where is your shrieking and outrage?”

Don’t cross the line, warn police

Meanwhile, the Wuppertal police on Friday released a statement pledging to crack down on anyone seeking to take the law into their own hands, especially with any use of intimidation or force.

“The state has an exclusive monopoly on the use of force,” reminded local police chief Birgitta Radermacher. “Any conduct that intimidates, provokes or makes people insecure will not be tolerated. These ‘Sharia Police’ have no legitimacy,” she added.

There had been repeated attempts, especially at night time, by members of the Salafi Islamist community to influence and recruit young people, the statement said.

Police presence in the city centre had been strengthened and citizens were urged to report sightings of the group, which has said it will expand its activities in other towns.

The group reportedly identifies itself with the Salafi movement, an ultra-conservative sub-group within Islam with a strong following in the Middle East. Most of the world’s Salafis are from Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia have expressed concern at the implications of ad hoc community ‘patrols’ by its members here.

“In this way they are demonstrating that they do not recognized our law-based state,” an interior ministry spokesperson told the Rheinischer Post newspaper.

The head of the local CDU branch and security expert for the Christian Democrats in the state, Peter Biesenbach, described the situation as an “alarm signal”.


Update: ‘Shariah Police’ ditch vests and change name to Pro Halal – but still trying to enforce sharia law.

Remember too, here in the U.S., CAIR leaders have said they would like to see the day when America is ruled by Islamic sharia law.

Related: British Muslim Women Start “Sharia Police” And Punish People For “Un-Islamic” Activities

Germany: Sharia Law Street Theater Becomes Reality as Muslims Attack Yazidis

This: Sharia Law Street Theater: “I Die Because I Am Christian” “I Die Because I Am Gay”.

Became, You Will Die Because You Are Yazidi: Holy War Arrives in Germany

Supporters of the jihadist group “Islamic State” [IS] have clashed with Kurdish Yazidis in North Rhine-Westphalia, the state with the largest Muslim population in Germany.

The violence—which comes amid threats by a German jihadist to blow up an American nuclear weapons storage facility in Germany—has counter-terrorism officials concerned that radical Muslims are deliberately exploiting the ethnic and religious tensions in the Middle East to stir up trouble on the streets of Europe.

Police say the Muslim-Yazidi clash was triggered after six Islamists stormed a restaurant in the eastern Westphalian town of Herford at around 4 pm on August 7. The Muslims were attempting forcibly to remove a poster inviting people to join a demonstration in support of the Yazidis in Iraq.

Thousands of Yazidis, an ethnic Kurdish non-Muslim minority, were forced to flee their homes in northern Iraq in early August to escape advancing Islamic State fighters, who are forcing the Yazidis to convert to Islam or be killed.

The 30-year-old owner of the restaurant in Herford and two others, all Yazidis, were injured in the brawl, which police say was fought with knives and bottles.

Several hours after the restaurant attack, between 300 and 500 Yazidis gathered in the Herford town center, where they clashed with a large group of hooded Salafists.

More than 100 police reinforcements from across eastern Westphalia were called in to restore order. Police, who used pepper spray to disperse the two groups, confiscated makeshift weapons and one firearm, and questioned 86 people.

In the final tally, police arrested six individuals involved in the attack on the Yazidi restaurant: Five ethnic Chechen Salafists and one German convert to Islam. According to German media, two of the individuals are leading Salafist operatives who were already being monitored by German intelligence.

A German intelligence official was quoted as saying that one of the Chechens is a trained fighter who participated in guerrilla warfare against Russian troops and who is considered to be “highly dangerous.”

German authorities have long warned of the threat posed by Salafism, a radically anti-Western ideology that seeks to impose Islamic sharia law in Germany and other parts of Europe.

Hollow warnings with no action.

On the other hand, much less hollow and actions around the world are proving it:

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Mosque building and Islamization of Germany (video)

via Ban Koran

The Islamization of Germany in 2013

via The Islamization of Germany in 2013

by Soeren Kern

“Critics of Islamic ideology and its organizations are constantly confronted with lawsuits and have to legally defend themselves against the accusations of blasphemy or incitement-to-hatred. Even if it does not come to a conviction, such processes cost a lot of time and money…Thus… we are experiencing a de facto application of Islamic law.” — Felix Strüning, Gustav Stresemann Foundation Report.

“[It] must be recognized: democracies must beware of those who believe a free society is something that needs to be vanquished.” — Die Welt.

What follows is a chronological review of some of the most important stories about the rise of Islam in Germany during 2013:

In January, the Turkish-run Kuba Camii Mosque in Eschweiler, a city situated along the German-Belgian-Dutch border and about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Cologne, for the first time began publicly calling Muslims to prayer.

The call to prayer was described as an “historical event” and was attended by numerous dignitaries, including the Turkish consul and the Turkish attaché.

The Turkish imam of the Kuba Camii Mosque, Bahri Ciftci, declared his hopes that “the public prayer call will be a symbol of a tolerant, intercultural and interreligious common coexistence.”

The mayor of Eschweiler, Rudi Bertram, said, “Tolerance must be practiced on a daily basis. We are all responsible for ensuring that there is a co-existence.”

The mosque is one of a growing number of Islamic institutions in Germany publicly calling the Muslim faithful to prayer—five times a day, seven days a week—with cries of Allahu Akbar! (“Allah is Greater!”).

The sonorous prayer calls (known in Arabic as adhan) can be heard from great distances when amplified through electric loudspeakers. Critics say some German towns and cities are beginning to evoke the sounds and images of the Islamic Middle East.

On January 14, the City-State of Bremen signed a so-called state treaty with city’s 40,000-strong Muslim community. The agreement guarantees the protection of Muslim community properties, the approval of the construction of mosques with minarets and domes, the allotment of land for Muslim cemeteries, the supplying of halal food at prisons and hospitals, the recognition of three Muslim holidays, Muslim representation in state institutions and several other rights and privileges.

According to Erol Pürlü, the spokesman of the Koordinationsrat der Muslime [Muslim Coordination Council], a Turkish-Muslim umbrella group, the treaty with Bremen “sends a clear signal that Islam belongs to Germany.”

Bremen is the second German state to sign a treaty with local Muslim communities. Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, concluded a “historic treaty” with the city’s 200,000-strong Muslim community in November 2012.

Critics say the agreements do little to encourage Muslim integration into German society and instead will boost the growing influence of Islam in the country by encouraging the perpetuation of a Muslim parallel society.

Also in January, a court in Berlin convicted two Islamists of being members of al-Qaeda and sentenced them to a combined 15 years in prison.

Yusuf Ocak, 27, from Lübeck, Germany, and Maqsood Lodin, 23, an Austrian of Afghan background, were assigned by al-Qaeda to collect money and recruit members for the terrorist group in Europe. Ocak was arrested in Vienna and Lodin in Berlin in May 2011.

At the time of their arrest, police uncovered a treasure trove of intelligence, including more than 100 al-Qaeda planning documents that described some of the terror group’s most audacious plots and a road map for future operations. Future plots include the seizing of cruise ships and carrying out other large-scale terrorist attacks in Europe.

Meanwhile, German security officials warned that the country’s support for France’s fight against Islamists in Mali had increased the risk of a terrorist attack targeting German interests both at home and abroad.

Citing a classified government report, the daily Bild said on January 29 that more than 100 German Islamists are believed to have received paramilitary training at terrorist training camps abroad, and that half of that group had already returned to Germany. The classified report said the militants included many German converts to radical Islam who have received training from al-Qaeda on how to plan attacks as “autonomous cells” in Germany.

In February, Muslim plans to convert the Kapernaumkirche [Capernaum Church]—a former Lutheran church in the city of Hamburg—into a mosque, generated controversy across Germany.

From Berlin to Dortmund to Mönchengladbach, the proliferation of mosques housed in former churches reflects the rise of Islam as the fastest growing religion in post-Christian Germany.

Major German newspapers greeted the news with apparent resignation, and published editorials with titles such as “When Mosques Replace Churches,” “Tenant Allah,” “Christian on the Outside, Muslim on the Inside,” and “The New Normal.”

Also in February, a German-born Islamic jihadist calling himself “Abu Azzam the German” threatened to attack Berlin and kill German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In a three-minute video posted on the Internet (the video has since been removed), the man can be heard singing in German an Islamic a cappella battle hymn known as a nasheed. [CS: readily found here]

“We want to see Obama and Merkel dead!” he sings. “Our troops are already there [in Germany], what joy. You’ll bleed, your heads will roll! … Oh Allah, give the German people what they deserve!”

Read it all at Gatestone Institute and check these related posts:

The Islamization of America in 2013

The Islamization of Belgium and the Netherlands in 2013

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