Anti-Islam group PEGIDA holds first Austria march

February 2, 2015 7:15 PM

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Anti-Islam group PEGIDA holds first Austria march

VIENNA (Reuters) - PEGIDA, the anti-Islam movement born in Germany, drew hundreds of supporters and counter-demonstrators to the streets of Vienna when it held its first march in neighboring Austria on Monday.

With 1,200 police officers deployed in Austria's capital as a precaution, around 250 marchers carrying Austrian flags and chanting "we are the people" faced off against a like number of protesters shouting "down with PEGIDA".

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