Newspaper article International New York Times

Leaders of German Anti-Islam Group Quit

Newspaper article International New York Times

Leaders of German Anti-Islam Group Quit

Article excerpt

Pegida, the protest group that shook up German politics and spawned large rallies around the country for and against immigration, announced on Wednesday that several of its leaders had resigned.

The protest group that shook up German politics and spawned large rallies around the country for and against immigration announced on Wednesday that several of its leaders had resigned.

The group, known as Pegida, the German acronym for Patriotic Europeans Against Islamization of the West, sprung up in the fall with a few hundred followers, amid questions about its roots and its leadership. This month, as many as 25,000 people showed up in Dresden, the center of the movement, for its weekly marches, though tens of thousands of others have turned out across Germany to counter its anti-immigration message.

A statement posted on Pegida's website said that its spokeswoman, Kathrin Oertel, and at least one other member of the leadership had stepped down.

The German media reported that as many as five of the leaders had resigned.

The web statement said that Ms. Oertel needed a "timeout" from the barrage of media that had accelerated as the weekly rallies picked up followers and national and international interest. The other leader needed to devote himself to his business, it added.

The statement said a new leadership would be chosen in coming days, though it did not explain how. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.