Pegida founders want to be close to AfD

Bachmann opens up discussion about making lists

The xenophobic and anti-islamic Pegida movement want to establish a closer relationship with the AfD. Pegida founder Lutz Bachmann said on a rally on Monday in Dresden that there could be a meeting with the AfD to formulate a list of common objectives.

The xenophobic and anti-islamic Pegida movement want to establish a closer relationship with the AfD. Pegida founder Lutz Bachmann said on a rally on Monday evening in Dresden that there could be a meeting with the AfD to formulate a list of common objectives. However it will be "mandatory" for the movement to become a party so that they can see "eye to eye" with the AfD.

 Bachmann said he shares "a lot of common ideals" with the AfD so therefore one must overlook "personal differences" between the two movements. Bachmann had started the discussion to found a party several months ago. He even announced last summer that Pegida would contest in federal state parliament elections.

 The head of the AfD Frauke Petry also has seeked to forge a closer relationship with Pegida in the past and explained that there are "common goals" with the anti-Islam alliance. She mentioned the demand to enhance citizen's participation or an immigration law. However there is no common policy or line within the AfD on how to treat and interact with the anti-Islam movement.

The Pegida movement has since October 2014 held weekly rallies in Dresden and rallies against muslims, refugees, politicians and the media. On Monday according to the student initiative "durchgezählt" (counted) around 3500 supporters gathered in the state capital of Saxony, they were opposed by about 300 counter demonstrators.

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