Anti-Immigration Rallies in Germany Defy Calls to Desist

Alison Smale, New York Times, January 6, 2015

Defying appeals from an array of German institutions to stay away from anti-immigration rallies, some 18,000 people took part in a protest here on Monday, parading against what they call the Islamization of Europe and putting pressure on the authorities to defuse social tensions.

The turnout more or less equaled that of late December, before Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans in her New Year’s address to shun the rallies and their organizers, who she said had “prejudice, coldness, even hatred in their hearts.”


Several thousand people turned out in Berlin to counter the several hundred who had formed an anti-immigration rally. A few thousand also countered the equally sparse anti-immigration crowd in Cologne.


In gestures intended to deny anti-immigration protesters picturesque backdrops for their rallies, the church and city authorities in Cologne and Berlin switched off the illumination at three of the country’s best-known landmarks: the Cologne Cathedral and, in Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate and the TV tower at Alexanderplatz.

In Dresden, where about 3,000 people staged a counterdemonstration, the group known as Pegida–the German acronym for Patriotic Europeans Against Islamization of the West–was confined to a park and a march around a nearby stadium. {snip}

Monday night’s rally, held in a cold rain, yielded nothing new in the way of sentiment from the speakers, whose group insists that it wants to help refugees, but is against asylum abusers, foreigners who mooch off Germany and what it sees as a creeping Islamization of society.

But the mention of Ms. Merkel’s name drew boos, and several people interviewed–typically declining to give their names to reporters–said her criticism of Pegida had disqualified her as a leader.

Earlier on Monday, business leaders joined the swelling chorus against Pegida from established political parties, the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, social groups and even anonymous jokesters who set up a spoof “Snowgida” page on Facebook.

Ingo Kramer, head of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations, said, “Germany’s image as a business location is being damaged by the impression that we are demonstrating against foreigners.”

“We need immigration for our labor market and to allow our social system to function,” he added in a statement.

The fear of foreigners, especially Muslims, threatening or drowning out national and regional identities forged over centuries seems to have a growing pull in Europe, where populists and nationalists scored record gains in elections in May for the European Parliament.


Across the established political spectrum, debate has raged about whether to engage directly with Pegida, as well as how to confront its clear appeal to a disgruntled segment of the German population. Its supporters include far rightists, neo-Nazis and soccer hooligans, as well as a larger number of average citizens who seem worried about losing status, even if–in Dresden and the surrounding state of Saxony–barely 2 percent of residents are foreigners and even fewer are Muslims.


Ms. Merkel’s partners in her conservative bloc, the Bavarian Christian Social Union, plan to debate what they call “a fair and balanced asylum policy” at a meeting this week. That policy would involve a swifter processing of asylum requests and deportation of abusers, portraying this as the only way to continue guaranteeing a welcome for hundreds of thousands of legitimate refugees, particularly from Syria and Iraq.


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  • je suis paganisme

    The churches went dark in the hour when Germans stood up for Germany.

    I could not have devised a more pertinent symbolism.

    Get used to it. The churches will not only go dark, but will be even emptier than they are now here when Europe awakens fully.

    Sadly, they are no friend of Europe.

    • B.E.L.

      They wont even be churches anymore, they will be mosque’s.

      • kikz2

        i’d take museum before mosque……………………

    • Whitetrashgang

      Yes forget burning down Mosques, burn down all the churches first.

    • Sick of it

      Once those non-friends started closing up shop, the mosques and the synagogues started opening en masse.

    • See The Future

      Christian churches will become mosques.

    • propagandaoftruth

      RIP for French satirists murdered by Islam and DIEversity.

      Time for a new revolution. Merkel and her ilk bear a huge responsibility – I’m sure they don’t see it so…

      • Anglokraut

        This slaughter might be the kick in the teeth that France needs to vote Front National.

        • propagandaoftruth

          I agree. That bomb on Mo’s head is exploding and the FN will benefit.

          How many martyrs more? Blood and soil, heritage and righteous wrath.

          France should turn her back to that simpering traitor Hollande and any other traitors regardless of party.

  • The idea that a patriotic German wouldn’t attend a PEGIDA event at the behest of Angela Merkel is about as laughable as the notion that a patriotic American wouldn’t attend something similar here at the behest of John Boehner.

  • james AZ

    Trojan horse made it and Germany will destroy by third world gangs. Bye Germany bye, new nation Islamic nation without name!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • See The Future

      Unfortunately this is where they are headed.

  • MekongDelta69

    My vote for the first AmRen ‘feel good’ article of 2015.

    • Valmont

      Thousands of committed “activists” take to the streets to “start a dialogue.”
      I thought this was the sort of thing the NY Times really digs.

  • DaveMed

    I can’t do much for the movement, but I “liked” PEGIDA’s Facebook page.

  • Also, if Merkel thought she’d douse PEGIDA by telling people not to go, well, guess what happens to the ratings of TV shows that the Parents’ Television Council opposes.

  • curri

    I think most Germans are aware that Israel has a very ethnocentric immigration policy while German Jews advocate the opposite for Germany.

    From DW:

    “In light of recent marches by the controversial PEGIDA movement, Germany’s Central Council of Jews (ZdJ) has come to the defense of Muslims in Germany. Chairman Josef Schuster has warned to not underestimate the group.”

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      Jeus are big hypocrites.

    • WR_the_realist

      There are many Muslims in Israel. (The Zionists didn’t manage to push them all out when they created the country, although they certainly tried.) But Israeli Jews don’t want any more Muslims in their country. German Jews are happy to have more Muslims in Germany. Go figure.

  • Truthseeker

    Keep it up, Germans. Make your voices heard. Don’t become an Islamic conquest.

  • Luca

    I think the “Diversity Uber Alles” slogan is wearing thin.

    • Yancy Derringer


  • ncpride

    who she said had “prejudice, coldness, even hatred in their hearts.”,…..

    Keep trying to squash native German dissent, anger and worrry over this very real threat, and I predict you ain’t seen nothing yet, lady. I also find it incredibily amusing Christian churches are all gung-ho over Muslim immigration. Seems they are not only a- ok with European displacement, but their own destruction as well.

    • These churches may be old and historic, but their ‘ministers’ are not traditionally orthodox pastors but feminized Leftist ‘ministers’ who deny the Gospel they claim to preach.

    • MBlanc46

      Mainstream Christianity is lost, and to a considerable extent disappearing.

    • See The Future

      The sheep in the pews will be taken to the slaughter along with the pastors.

  • JohnEngelman

    A peaceful demonstration that includes eloquent speeches advances a cause because it convinces individuals who agree with the demonstration that they are not alone in their opinions.

    • George

      And that, John, is exactly why Angela opposes these particular demonstrations.
      Too many whites are afraid to say ‘Here I stand; I can do no other’ when it comes to the effects non-whites have on society. We fear for our jobs, our relations with family or neighbours. We fear for our physical safety.
      We are not alone. Yet she would rather we be like those churches; left in the dark, unable to see the glories of our society’s past creations.

      • WhiteVeinKratom

        Very well said George!

        I’m sure that is how 99.9% of Whites feel.
        I have to work to support myself and my family.
        When my job goes, I will be “in the streets”.

  • My hope is that once the indigenous German people expel the muslim plague in their midst, they will then tie Angela Merkel to a large tree and swing her publicly for all to see. I hope they will never forget the traitorous words of this woman and how she tried to shut down the protests of her countrymen who had resisted the invasion.

    • This scene should repeat itself all over the Western world. I quite suspect it will and just hope I live long enough to see it.

      • kikz2

        myself as well…….i want to draw my last breath, knowing my children and theirs have a relatively safe place on this Earth to live…….although.. bette davis would advise.. it’s going to be a bumpy ride….

  • Bartek

    Good job Germans (talking about real ones, not the foreigners and colonists).
    Keep up the fight and defend your homeland.

    • Anglokraut

      You’re not kidding. My high school hosted a German student in my senior year. She was in my French class, and we’re still friends on Facebook. She lives in Berlin now, and is married, but still no babies.
      Not as though I can claim to be doing better–though my boyfriend’s parents are starting to put the pressure on to “put a ring on it”. Don’t want to jinx it, though.

      • kikz2

        as a mother to three girls.. i’m going to give you some unsolicited but wise advice. if you don’t know w/in a year whether you would marry a guy, you’re wasting your time.. what’s worse.. you don’t have the years to waste. a year is long enough to know if he’s ‘all in’ and good ‘family man’ material. if not, move the hell on. you only have so many prime reproductive years.. don’t waste them on some asshat playing house, ok? if you want a family.. you’ve got to play for keeps. i’m 52.. i KNOW wtf i’m talking about… good luck to you.:)

        • Anglokraut

          Oh, I’m pretty sure if I marry, it’ll be this one. If not, I’ll just carry on as planned back in high school–of course my plan was to be a concert musician. I’ll probably have to re-evaluate that goal.

  • John Smith

    I wish Merkel’s political relevance would desist.

    I have nothing but contempt for this anti-white Communist (I considered using a word that begins with a “c”, but I’ll weigh in with “traitor”)

  • David Ashton

    “The national flag rarely seen on German streets except at soccer events.”

    Die Fahne hoch…. !

    • Sick of it

      It’s recent and kind of fake anyway.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      Es braust ein Ruf wie Donnerhall,
      wie Schwertgeklirr und Wogenprall …

  • Sick of it

    “Ingo Kramer, head of the Confederation of German Employers’
    Associations, said, “Germany’s image as a business location is being
    damaged by the impression that we are demonstrating against foreigners.”

    “We need immigration for our labor market and to allow our social system to function,” he added in a statement.”

    Ahhh, Kramer.

    • George Costanza


  • Reynardine

    If Merkin, erm Merkel, called for anti-racist, anti-facist, or any of the other cadres of left-wing greenie, commie, or pervo battallions to step down or cease their protests, there would be a firestorm of calls of “facism” and “political oppression.”

    The German left now has to eat crow and they don’t like it.

  • Anglo

    “…Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans in her New Year’s address to shun the rallies and their organizers, who she said had “prejudice, coldness, even hatred in their hearts.”

    Chancellor Merkel is the one with prejudice, coldness, and hatred in her heart for her own people and country.

    • BulgAryan

      Actually she’s a Pollack – Kaźmierczak. But her ancestors betrayed Poland by converting from Catholic to Lutheran and Germanizing the family name to Kasner.

      • Anglo

        That explains her treachery. Thanks.

      • BulgAryan

        Here she goes in her GDR-Hitlerjugend uniform.

    • See The Future

      She should be hanging from a lamp post.

      • Tim

        Making the card board placard now…

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    I saw on the news that the cologne cathedral’ s light was shut off to protest these protestors by the traitorous german government

    • TruthBeTold

      They truly missed they symbolism.

  • MBlanc46

    Business leaders would join the opposition to anti-immigration demonstrators, now wouldn’t they?

  • Fr. John+

    Ausgezeichnet! Viva der Vaterland! May Christendom be restored in the Ecumene, and may Germany arise to her former glory, when she throws off the Paganism of Merkel, usw.

    • Augustus3709

      I agree.

      But simply as a point of linguistic curiosity, I always wonder about how to conjugate articles when mixing languages.

      Viva der Vaterland? Viva den Vaterland? Viva dem Vaterland?

      I suppose the equivalent of “viva” in this context would be “es lebe”, more or less: “long live”.

      …Alright, after looking into it, it seems to be nominative.

      “Long live the King” would be “Es lebe der König.”

      Looks like you were right all along.

      • Weisheit77

        except Land is das and not der.

        • Augustus3709

          Thx for das reminder.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Merkel has become a traitor. She is being paid by someone to support foreigners.

    • Strider73

      Merkel, like all other mainstream European politicians, is a puppet of the US and EU. She barely whimpered when it was revealed the NSA had hacked her cell phone and several government computers.

    • See The Future

      It is not only Merkel. She is supported by all the members of her party. She would have a tough time standing as a traitor if the party members voiced their opposition to what she spouts.

  • TruthBeTold

    Be alert for provocateurs and ‘hate crimes’ hoaxes.

    They’re going to need something to discredit this movement.

  • Augustus3709

    “We need immigration for our labor market and to allow our social system to function.”

    Memorize that statement people.

    NO. You DON’T need immigration, you need to have more children! If the government subsidized native childbirth, then you would have your young workers to do the jobs.

    For thousands of years we did all of our own work, but suddenly after WW2 we are helpless invalids who need dark-skinned people to save us?
    Get out of here with that garbage.

    • KenelmDigby

      There is complete freedom of labor movement within the EU.
      Germany is the most ferocious upholder of this ‘freedom’.
      Not unconnected, there is a truly massive amount of long term unemployment across the EU’ it numbers in the high tens of millions. It is also particularly concentrated amongst the young, for example around 50% of Spanish youth are unemployed. The next time you hear some ‘expert’ gobbing off about ‘Europe’s demographic crisis’, try telling that to a young Greek or Spaniard.
      If Germans took the EU and its ideals seriously, then they would have a program to offer German employment opportunities to unemployed Europeans.
      Also note, Germany refused to allow the eastern European nations full access to German labor markets in 2004, citing domestic unemployment as the reason.
      So claiming ‘labor shortage’ as an excuse for importing ‘refugees’ is utterly, utterly disingenuous.

    • Strider73

      Or you need more automation, which Japan is employing to deal with its low fertility rate. Kudos to them for refusing to open their borders to Third World trash.

      What Kramer really meant (but dared not say) was “We need immigration to drive wages down and our profits up,” just as US corporations lobby for unlimited H-1B visas when labor force participation is at a record low.

  • KenelmDigby

    This is the way all genuine revolutions start.
    They start from mass, popular demonstrations which reflect a real annoying grievance amongst the people.

    That said, Angela Merkel with her increasingly arrogant and derisory comments, more or less telling the aggrieved German people ‘to eat cake’ resembles Marie Antoinette.
    To get real traction from their anger, Germans must ditch the CD Party and vote AfD.

  • Husik

    Unfortunately PEGIDA is pro imigration movement. If you read their official program, thay state YES to imigration. And what is really shocking, they want Brussel to order imigration quotas to Eu countries who have less imigration than Germany. It will affect east europen countries. But germany asshole multi kulti Volk dont care.

    • Anglokraut

      Ah, the “misery loves company” gambit.

  • mike5586

    “whose group insists that it wants to help refugees”