Europe Overwhelmed by Wave of Protests Against Migrants

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

8th February, 2016


Mass protests against the large-scale influx of refugees took place in several European cities, The Wall Street Journal wrote.

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The most numerous protest took place in Dresden, where the protests that have taken part involved about 25 thousand people. Protests of fewer numbers were held in France, the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Ireland, Czech Republic, Poland, Finland and Estonia.

As the agency wrote, these did not pass without instances of confrontation with the police. In Amsterdam supporters and opponents of the campaign tried to come into collision with each other and guards.

It was reported that the protests were organized by anti-Islamic organization PEGIDA. According to experts, the growth of anti-immigration sentiment in Europe has led to the growing influence of this movement. It was founded in Germany two years ago and receives support in other European countries.

It was noted that PEGIDA have repeatedly stressed their openness to Russia. At the rally in Dresden,  a few Russian flags could be seen, as well as banners with slogans “For peace with Russia” and “Stop the war against Syria.”

Earlier it became known that the introduction of border controls inside the EU will lead to a reduction of GDP by €100 billion.

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