Tensions continue to mount in Europe as German authorities cancelled a rally of PEGIDA against Islamist aggression because of terrorist threats.
German police banned a planned rally by the anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement and other public open-air gatherings in the eastern city of Dresden Monday, citing a terrorist threat.
There had been calls for would-be “assassins to mingle among the protesters… and to murder an individual member of the organising team of the PEGIDA demonstrations”, police said in a notice on the 24-hour ban.
This was consistent with “an Arabic-language tweet that called the PEGIDA demonstrations an enemy of Islam”, it said.
Top-circulation daily Bild said online that the threat targeted PEGIDA’s most prominent leader Lutz Bachmann.
A PEGIDA spokeswoman, Kathrin Oertel, confirmed on German television that Bachmann was the target.
Good to know the authorities are willing to shut down anti-Islamist voices. Usually it’s used as a joke, but here, the terrorists actually won.