German anti-Islamist rally swells after attacks in France

January 12, 2015 10:12 PM

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German anti-Islamist rally swells after attacks in France

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - A record 25,000 anti-Islamist protesters marched through the east German city of Dresden on Monday, many holding banners with anti-immigrant slogans, and held a minute's silence for the victims of last week's attacks in France.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and other senior German politicians have called for people to stay away from rallies organised by PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West - people who Merkel has said have "hatred in their hearts".

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