Organisers claim 39,000 people turned out for this PEIGDA demonstration in Dresden. Others say the numbers were half that...But there was no doubting the message... that one year on from its launch, with migrants and refugees now arriving in huge numbers,the German anti-immigration movement is more relevant than ever. SOT Lutz Bachmann, PEGIDA co-founder"What started out as a one-time protest against religious wars on German soil has become, and I want to stress this, a broad citizen movement.. There's been nothing of its like before within this short timeframe." PEGIDA attracted thousands to weekly gatherings at the begining of the year before interest began to wane. But Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent open-door policy to refugees has ignited an angry backlash. October 17In Cologne at the weekend a right wing fanatic stabbed a pro-migrant politician. But PEIGDA protestors say they're ordinary people, with legitimate concerns. SOTPEGIDA is not xenophobic, we are simply drawing attention to the many problems Germany is now facing. SOTI live in Berlin and when I take public transportation, the bus or subway, I see more and more foreigners." Counter demonstrations were also held, by those insisting Germany should welcome people fleeing war and persecution. Heavy security seperated the sides - but local police later confirmed a PEIGDA supporter had been attacked by unidentified assailants and seriously injured.

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Organisers claim 39,000 people turned out for this PEIGDA demonstration in Dresden. Others say the numbers were half that...But there was no doubting the message... that one year on from its launch, with migrants and refugees now arriving in huge num