Cologne Cathedral to turn out the lights in protest at anti-Muslim march

By REUTERS
January 2, 2015 13:34

BERLIN - One of Germany's most famous landmarks, Cologne Cathedral, will be plunged into darkness on Monday evening in protest at a march by a growing grass-roots anti-Muslim movement through the western German city, cathedral authorities said.

The rise of the group, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA), has shaken Germany's political establishment, prompting Chancellor Angela Merkel to say in her New Year address that its leaders were racists full of hatred and citizens should beware being used.

An opinion poll on Thursday found one German in eight would join an anti-Muslim march if PEGIDA organized one in their home town.


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