German anti-Islam party PEGIDA will join with a growing number of fellow anti-immigrant parties across Europe in massive protests in February, as they also warn of the “Islamization” of Europe.
The far-right parties have signed a joint declaration over the past weekend in which they say is a commitment in opposing immigration, especially those practicing Islam.
The groups, who have taken the name “Fortress Europe,” are opposed to “Political Islam” and Islamic Governments, who they believe are an enemy of Europe.
PEGIDA activist Tatijana Festerling is very critical of Germany’s Angela Merkel and her policy of welcoming refugees. The leading activist says this is a cautionary tale for the rest of Europe.
“Merkel is growing a massive surplus of men in Germany,” Festerling said. She refers to the glaring fact that most of the 1.1 million asylum seekers arriving in Germany thus far, were male.
The coalition of anti-immigrant groups is planning to hold a mass demonstration across the EU on February 6. Marek Cernoch, chairman of the Czech party Usvit, spoke that the coalition will also make sure incidents such as the mass sexual attacks in Cologne are not repeated.
“We will demand the strictest measures against migrants; we want to defend our women and children, all Europeans from them!” Cernoch told Sputnik.
The politician also stated that the movement was upset with how the situation has been handled by EU lawmakers and media.
“What do we see? Recently, Brussels’ diplomatic head Mogherini visited Prague. And we heard that the mass violence in Cologne was not an emergency [and] ‘things like that happen all the time.’ [The] German and European media in fact belittle the tragedy of [the] actions committed by [these] visiting vandals,” Cernoch added.
PEGIDA has done a number of demonstrations since the Cologne events. 1,049 people have said they were among the victims of attacks that were carried out by men from North Africa and the Middle East.
Thirty suspects were identified by the police; 25 of the suspects were from both Morocco and Algeria. Fifteen suspects are asylum-seekers, including two minors.
None of the suspects were residents from Cologne, and 11 were living in Germany illegally.