Thousands protest against Newcastle march of UK branch of German anti-Islam group

By REUTERS
February 28, 2015 15:48

NEWCASTLE, Britain - More than 2,000 people protested on Saturday in Newcastle, northeast England, against a march held by the British branch of Germany's anti-Islam group PEGIDA which drew around 400 people, a Reuters witness said.

The German organization 'Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West' (PEGIDA), has for months been warning that Germany was being overrun by Muslims and held marches mostly in the city of Dresden.

It has tried to spread to other cities and countries with limited success. Although in Britain the local branch has had little exposure in the national media, the Facebook page of Pegida United Kingdom shows it has had over 17,000 "likes".

The Reuters photographer on the scene said police were in strong attendance for the protests, which were kept apart and passed off peacefully.


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