The mainstream Marxist media demonizes the movement as 'pinstriped Nazis,' a reference to their characteristic good grooming and manners.
Glenn Beck pretends they are 'xenophobes.'
Beck has made much ado in recent days regarding a bizarre conspiracy theory that links PEGIDA to the Kremlin where a henchman in Putin's administration, Aleksandr Dugin, sets the stage and pulls the ropes behind the curtains.
In reality, PEGIDA is a movement orchestrated by three German patriots who maintain low profiles and a popular Facebook page.
The group rallied a record 25,000 Germans in Dresden last week, but cancelled the weekly demonstration scheduled for today (Jan. 19, 2015) under duress of police restraint. Authorities claim an imminent terror attack was at hand.
The key players are:
PEGIDA is the brainchild of Bachmann. He avoids the mainstream media out of justifiable mistrust. He defers inquiries to Kathrin Oertel.
Oertel is an attractive media consultant. Logically, she would field inquiries from the press. She is the mother of three who is frustrated with the inability or unwillingness of Muslims to assimilate. Oertel is reputed to be an atheist.
• René Jahn, 49
Jahn operates a building maintenance business. He was raised in communist East Germany and maintains Christian beliefs, but notes that religion is not a mainstay of the PEGIDA movement. He endured government harassment due his participation in the unsanctioned peace movement.
PEGIDA is an acronym for Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West.
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