German anti-Islam rally shrinks, 1st since leader resigned

January 25, 2015 21:54

DRESDEN - The number of anti-Islam protesters who turned out for a rally in the east German city of Dresden shrank from a record two weeks ago when turnout was likely boosted by the Islamist militant attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

The rally was also the first since Lutz Bachmann, the movement's leader, resigned after the discovery of a photo in which he posed as Hitler and reports that he called refugees "scumbags" prompted prosecutors to investigate him for inciting hatred.

Police said around 17,300 protestors took part in the demonstration organized by PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West - fewer than the 25,000 who attended the previous demonstration on January 12.

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