Though mostly peaceful, some violent scuffles broke out across Europe and as far away as Australia today as thousands of people taking part in PEGIDA anti-Muslim immigration protests clashed with a small number of pro-Muslim groups and riot control police.
UK Daily Mail Police in Dresden, Germany, saw about thousands of protesters at a rally organised by the group Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) , making it the biggest of a coordinated series of demonstrations across European cities.
Known by its German acronym PEGIDA, the group emerged in Dresden two years ago and has become a magnet for anti-Muslim immigrant sentiment.
BRITAIN: In Birmingham, placards were seen all over saying ‘Trump is right’, ‘We will not stay silent as women are raped’ and ‘Nazism = Islamism.’
FRANCE: Supporters of PEGIDA demonstrate in Calais:
Policemen arrest General of Army Corps, Christian Piquemal, who came out to support the anti-Islam protesters at the PEGIDA rally in Calais:
AUSTRALIA: Young anti-Islam protesters came out in Canberra:
Sherman Burgess, the Great Aussie Patriot, and Blair Cottrell, leader of United Patriots Front, were among the speakers:
Daniel Evans from Reclaim Australia is pictured standing before the demonstrators in the country’s capital city, Canberra:
IRELAND: Riot police in Dublin stood between the Irish branch of PEGIDA and pro-Muslim demonstrators:
NETHERLANDS: Plainclothes police officers wrestle a man to the ground during the PEGIDA demonstration held in Amsterdam.
Riot police were also needed in Amsterdam today in order to separate the groups. The banner pictured reads: ‘Islamists not welcome’
GERMANY: Anti-Muslim immigration protesters marched through Dresden, the city where PEGIDA was originally formed:
CZECH REPUBLIC: Thousands of people gathered in front of Prague Castle, in the Czech capital, for a demonstration called ‘Together against islamization’ organized by Czech right-wing populist party Usvit:
POLAND: Anti-Muslim protesters light flares, hold up Poland scarves and banners and shout slogans during rally in front of the Royal Castle:
Though small in numbers, there was a pro-Muslim contingent in each city: