Pegida – which roughly translates as “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West” – has marched in other European countries, notably Germany, but this was their first demonstration in Austria. Several hundred are believed to have attended, with others joining an anti-Pegida protest nearby.
IB Times In December another Vienna mosque was targeted by thugs who left a pig’s head. Last September a street sign was reportedly defaced to read “Sharia Street.”
A spokesman for Austria’s Pegida movement, Georg Immanuel Nagel told newspaper Die Presse the group wanted legislation passed to ban “Islamism”, including anyone promoting Sharia law.