Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Anti-Immigration Rally in Germany Prompts Counterdemonstrations
As Kit Johnson reported on ImmigrationProf yesterday, immigration is heating up as a political issue in Europe. Now, Melissa Eddy of the New York Times reports that a public clash about immigration and integration in Germany heated up on Monday as opposing marches took shape — one denouncing the perceived threat posed by Islam, the other a public vigil for an open and tolerant society. In recent weeks Germany has seen weekly marches in Dresden that have raised questions that have become increasingly polarizing and politicized: about whether Germany will ever live up to its open-arms ideals and accept a growing number of refugees, as well as those descendants of immigrants who have been here for generations.
On Monday tens of thousands heeded a call to turn out at an anti-immigration rally in Dresden, in the eastern state of Saxony.