In the eastern German city of Dresden, an estimated 17,500 people have marched in anti-Islam demonstrations, the largest of its kind in Germany.
Organized by the group calling itself Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA), demonstrators emphasized they were only protesting Islamic extremism, not Islam itself or foreign immigrants. See photos below:
In an interview with HuffPost Live, Islam apologist Linda Sarsour likened the protests to the anti-Semitism seen during Hitler’s rise.
What concerns me about Germany is that we need people of conscience and liberal and progressive to stand up and stand tall, because the same sentiment we’re hearing now from these groups is really reminiscent of what happened during the day’s of darkness, the days around and before the horrific massacres in the holocaust, and I think if we don’t stand up now and the people of Germany don’t say ‘never again,’ we might find ourselves in situation that we don’t want to be in.
However, in the same interview, Deina Abdelkader, a visiting scholar of Islamic Studies at Harvard University, said the protests were likely a spark from tiny bits of extremism people have seen throughout the country, such as the case of German convert who marched alongside five others in a German city while calling themselves “The Sharia Police.”