Rival group to Germany's PEGIDA draws just 500 at first rally

February 8, 2015 5:49 PM

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BERLIN (Reuters) - A new German movement that broke away from the anti-Muslim PEGIDA group drew just 500 people to its first rally in the city of Dresden on Sunday, highlighting the obstacles they face in winning further support and making a national impact.

"Direct Democracy for Europe", led by Kathrin Oertel who was a founding member of PEGIDA but quit last month, wants tighter immigration controls, more referendums to decide policies and more money for the police.

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