Record turnout at Dresden PEGIDA rally sees more than 25,000 march

More than 25,000 PEGIDA supporters have marched through Dresden in their biggest turnout yet. But some 9,000 counter protesters were also ready to take a stand, as DW’s Kate Brady reports.

What began as a quiet evening on the Elbe turned into the largest PEGIDA demonstration seen so far in Germany. Early on Monday evening, a group of anti-PEGIDA demonstrators gathered around Dresden’s Theaterplatz and the city’s synagogue, well-supplied with hot tea and potato soup. By 7.15 p.m. local time (1815 GMT), however, over 25,000 PEGIDA supporters were marching through Saxony’s capital, where they were met by sporadic groups of counter demonstrators.

Greeting the marchers at the pre-march rally was movement organizer and regular PEGIDA speaker Lutz Bachmann.

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