As the world and world leaders focused on a sham rally in Paris, tens of thousands of German nationals rallied in Dresden to protest the Islamization of their country as well as multiculturalism. Pitting herself against these protesters is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also participated in the Paris rally while standing shoulder to shoulder with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu; this clearly made the intention of the rally muddled. How do terrorist supporting leaders rally against terror?
Meanwhile, there were no mixed messages being sent in Dresden, according to an AFP Report:
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.
Undeterred, supporters of the self-styled Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident, or PEGIDA, gathered for their 12th rally since October in their birthplace of Dresden in former communist east Germany.
The marchers waved the German national flag and held up placards that read “Fight Islamisation, stop the flood of foreigners now” and “Stop multiculturalism. My homeland will stay German”.
Following last week’s deadly Islamist attacks in Paris, they held a minute’s silence and many wore black armbands.
Some carried French flags and signs that read “They can’t kill our freedom” and “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie), claiming solidarity with those killed in the attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
These terrorist attacks “can happen everywhere,” said protester Juta Starke, 70, who added that she immediately thought “it is Islam, it is the political ideology of Islam” when she learnt of the shootings.
Political leaders had urged PEGIDA to call off their latest rally, saying it had no right to whip up hatred against Muslims in the name of solidarity with terror victims.
Again, in the name of standing against Nazism, Merkel stood with those who both allied with the Nazis (Muslim Brotherhood) and the Turks, who to this day refuse to acknowledge the Armenian genocide:
Merkel earlier Monday stressed that “Islam belongs to Germany”, adding that: “I am the chancellor of all Germans”.
She said she would attend a vigil at Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, organised by the Central Council of Muslims in Germany under the banner “Let’s be there for each other. Terror: not in our names!”
President Joachim Gauck will address the event, which Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and other top officials will also attend.
Merkel thanked leaders of Germany’s four-million-strong Muslim community for quickly and clearly condemning the violence committed in the name of their faith in last week’s bloody attacks in Paris.
“Germany wants peaceful coexistence of Muslims and members of other religions” and Tuesday’s vigil would send “a very strong message”, she said at a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
This diplomatic alliance with Turkey is as absurd as the military alliance with that country in the form of NATO.