Anti-Islamic protest - London
Supporters of the British offshoot of the anti-Islamic movement Pegida hold a demonstration on Whitehall, London.

Pasted below is the opening of an article I wrote for The Conversation about the forthcoming PEGIDA rally in Birmingham.

The original can be found here.

What rough beast slouches towards Birmingham? That’ll be Pegida

The far-right, anti-Islam protest movemement Pegida has so far been largely based in Germany and has had limited success in the UK. But around 300 people are expected to attend a march in Birmingham on February 6.

Having been kept away from the city centre, the group, whose name is an abbreviation for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident, will undertake a “silent march” near Birmingham International train station.

The march will be lead by Tommy Robinson, the former leader of the far-right group the English Defence League (EDL). Its message, so Pegida claims, is “save our country, save our culture, save our future”.

But of course, what the group means by “our country” is hardly inclusive. As a far-right, counter-jihad movement, Pegida’s message on the day will undoubtedly be one that promotes division and hate.

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