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Anti-Islam demo flops in Berlin - but not just thugs
by Matthew Tempest
On Monday night, activists tried to bring the so-called "Pegida" movement (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) to the German capital - and failed miserably.
Some 300 rain-bedraggled "patriotic Germans", xenophobes and outright racists stood forlornly outside Berlin's town hall, hemmed in by around 5,000 anti-racist activists and several hundred riot police, their hopes of a march to the iconic Brandenburg Gate frozen in their tracks - just like the bitterly damp January weather.
It was always going to be an uphill struggle. Whilst the anti-Islam marches in Dresden, which is a neo-Nazi stronghold and has had hard-right politicians elected to its regional parliament, can draw up to 18,000 supporters, Berlin is a different matter altogether.
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