The ruling establishment has called out the flat noses against it, but the people refuse to be intimidated, even by half-assed journalists from The Local.
The rise and spread of Pegida
Published: 16 Jan 2015 11:03 GMT+01:00
The average Pegida marcher is surprisingly average. He’s 48, lives in Saxony, is educated and has a slightly higher than average income for the state of Saxony. He claims no political party affiliation and doesn’t belong to a church.
That’s according to the Technical University in Dresden, who on Wednesday released the first empirical survey on who is Pegida.
And every Monday, he turns up with thousands of others to chant “We are the people” or “Wir sind das Volk” in protest against what he believes is ruining Germany.
Pegida or the Patriots Against the Islamisation of the West is not just an evolution of the Hooligans against Salifists demonstrations that turned violent in Cologne in October. Nor is it an arm of the neo-nationalistic party, the National Democratic Party.
It is far too smart to get lumped in with those massively unpopular groups.