In recent weeks a series of right-wing populist demonstrations under the label of Pegida have taken place across Germany. Starting first in the far East of Germany the protest marches then spread to other cities reviving fears of a revival of fascist ideas caused by the Euro-wide crisis. However, as this report from Germany shows, the momentum of the movement has faltered.
The expected rift in the anti-immigration movement in Germany began or became visible yesterday. After a concerted series of very large and determined counter-demonstrations and a media onslaught, the numbers attending the Pegida rally in Leipzig (called Legida) signalled a peeling off of thousands of looser supporters, possibly appalled by the growing virulence of some of the leaders. As reported in the press, the main spokesman Bachmann threw in the towel after his selfie posing as Hitler went viral on the net. His co-organisers, including Kathrin Oertel who I wrote about elsewhere, closed ranks against the damaging leader whose views most marchers would reject and find offensive.