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The former head of Germany's anti-Islam Pegida movement says 'sorry' to Muslims
by Rick Noack
Only few months ago, nobody would have imagined that one of the most emotional pro-tolerance speeches would one day come from one of Germany's fiercest critics of Islam and immigrants.
Yet it was Kathrin Oertel – once the leader of Germany's anti-immigrant Pegida movement, which drew tens of thousands of supporters at its peak – who apologized to Muslims in a video message published Thursday on Facebook.
"Those still belonging to the Pegida movement need to understand that they are advocating for the wrong cause," she said. "Asylum seekers are blamed for our problems in Europe and Germany. However, they're not the root cause of our struggle," she continued before directing her words to the immigrants she had previously condemned.
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