Saturday 10 December 2016

Is streetwise Pegida on the march here?

With Germany's AfD leader Frauke Petry set for electoral gains in her homeland, could the hard-right gain traction with voters here?

Joe O'Shea

Published 14/02/2016 | 02:30

Flashpoint: An anti-Pegida protest in Dublin last Saturday
Flashpoint: An anti-Pegida protest in Dublin last Saturday
AfD leader Frauke Petry.

The "arrival" of Pegida and the new hard-right politics in Ireland has so far been something of damp-squib, a series of social ­media wars and street scuffles.

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Attempts to launch a branch of the populist anti-migrant, anti-Islam movement in Dublin last weekend drew around 1,000 protesters and just a few score of would-be crusaders.

And in the end, the main flashpoints were between militant anti-fascist protesters and gardaí, with Pegida banners or even supporters very hard to locate in the confusion.

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