The Rendon Group Snapshot Report – 12 January 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 12, 2015

The Rendon Group Snapshot Report



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Growing Islamophobia and Xenophobia in Germany


Approximately 3,200 people marched in Dresden, Germany against the alleged “Islamization” of Germany

Photo Source: Deutsche-Presse Agentur


This week’s snapshot focuses on growing xenophobia and islamophobia in Germany, which have been exasperated by the ongoing demonstrations organized by the political movement known as PEGIDA (the German acronym for Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West) and the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.



News Summary of events during the week of 05JAN-11JAN

  • 05JAN: Anti-Islam group Pegida held its first rally of 2015 in the East German city of Dresden, continuing a series of weekly protests against immigrants that have alarmed the country’s mainstream political parties. (DW)
  • 05JAN: Thousands of Germans demonstrated in four cities Monday in opposition to the weekly rallies in Dresden against the perceived “Islamization of the West,” which have attracted growing numbers of supporters. (AP)
  • 06JAN: Fifty prominent figures sign open letter as latest rally against Muslim immigration draws record turnout in Dresden, Germany. (Guardian)
  • 07JAN: Germany’s right-wing political upstart Alternative for Germany (AfD) is set to meet with the founders of the country’s burgeoning anti-Islam movement Pegida in order to assess any “overlap” they might have. (DPA)
  • 08JAN: A poll published showed that large and growing majority of Germans believe Islam does not belong in the Western world and more than half see it as a threat. (AFP)
  • 09JAN: The terrorist attacks in Paris have created a tinderbox where latent hostility towards Muslims could flare up at any moment, Islamic leaders in Germany warned Friday. (DPA)
  • 10JAN: Germany’s anti-Islamic Pegida movement is urging supporters to wear mourning garb for the Charlie Hebdo victims at its next rally on Monday, adding a bitter new note to claim that the West is under attack from the Muslim world. (DPA)
  • 11JAN: The Pegida movement has stirred fears in the Turkish minority community in Germany, spurring some young German Turks to go to Turkey. (BBC)



Sample of Twitter handles regarding growing xenophobia in Germany


  • @Fulelo – Kriszta Satori, International Journalist, BBC WS
  • @charles_hawley – Charles Hawley, Partner Dacha Media. Producing Spiegel Online International.
  • @wirereporter – Frank Jordans, Associated Press reporter in Berlin, Germany.
  • @KBrady90 – Kate Brady, Journalist, Deutsche Welle
  • @doberah – Deborah Cole, AFP correspondent, Berlin-based since’95.


Sample of Third Party Validators regarding growing xenophobia in Germany


Werner Schiffauer, Chairman, Migration Council

“Pegida appears to be a “collective insanity” that exists only in places like Saxony where people have hardly any experience with foreigners… [The movement is strongest among] easterners who never really arrived in the Federal Republic and who now feel they have no voice.”

–       The Uprising of the Decent, The Economist, 10JAN15


Peter Neumann, Director, International Center for the Study of Radicalization, King’s College

“This is a dangerous moment for European societies. With increasing radicalization among supporters of jihadist organizations and the white working class increasingly feeling disenfranchised and uncoupled from elites, things are coming to a head.”

–       ‘Dangerous Moment’ for Europe, as Fear and Resentment Grow, NYT, 07JAN15


Paul Hockenos, Berlin-based Journalist, Al Jazeera America

“Germany’s protests are deeply worrying, though not because there’s a possibility of these forces coming to power, as the Nazis did in the 1930s or far-right parties have in coalition governments elsewhere in Europe. These currents do not appeal to anything close to a majority of Germans, and mainstream parties are unwilling to cooperate with them.”

–       Germany’s Islamophobes: A social movement or flash mob?, Al Jazeera America, 05JAN15


Everhard Holtmann, Halle-Wittenberg University

Fears over the events probably “will buoy currents of the vague xenophobia that exist in this country. The Islamophobia syndrome, on the crest of which PEGIDA rides, could in fact gain strength.”

–       PEGIDA expects record rally on terror fears, The Local (Germany), 10JAN15


Werner Patzelt, Political Scientist, Dresden Technical University

“The Paris attacks will without doubt affect Dresden and give the PEGIDA movement even more influence. PEGIDA simply says to everyone who claimed that their nightmarish vision had nothing to do with reality that they must now realise that this fear is not unjustified.”

–       PEGIDA expects record rally on terror fears, The Local (Germany), 10JAN15



Sample of open source research conducted by TRG analysts related to the growing xenophobia in Germany



1. Dresden marchers to conquer xenophobia with #lovestorm


Media: Deutsche Welle (Germany)

Byline: Kate Brady

Date: 10 January 2015


Families, young couples, pensioners and children fought against the elements on Saturday to come together in front of Dresden’s Frauenkirche in condemning sentiments of xenophobia and racism that have been on the increase across many German cities in recent weeks.


Following a minute’s silence on Saturday to remember the lives lost in this week’s Paris terrorist attacks, Dresden Mayor Helma Orosz (CDU) took to the stage in addressing the tens of thousands of anti-PEGIDA demonstrators.


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2. German anti-Islamic rallies may grow on terror fears


Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 10 January 2015


Dresden, Germany, Jan 10, 2015 (AFP) – Germany’s new anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement plans to rally again on Monday, when analysts expect its ranks to swell by thousands following this week’s bloody jihadist violence in France.


Leaders of the so-called “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident” have asked marchers to wear black armbands and observe a minute’s silence for “the victims of terrorism in Paris”.


Many observers of the rise of the far-right populist movement in the eastern city of Dresden now expect it to seek to make political capital from the massacre at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and its bloody aftermath.


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3. Merkel praises ties with Muslims as Germans voice fears


Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 08 January 2015


Berlin, Jan 8, 2015 (AFP) – Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a fresh call for tolerance Thursday as a poll showed a growing majority of Germans see Islam as a threat and an anti-immigrant group said the Paris massacre underscored its stance.


In a survey conducted several weeks before Wednesday’s killing of 12 people by Islamist gunmen at a French satirical paper, 61 percent of non-Muslim Germans said Islam had no place in the West. The figure was up from 52 percent in 2012, according to the study released by the Bertelsmann Foundation think tank.


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4. EDITORIAL: The Marches in Dresden


Media: New York Times


Date: 07 January 2015


When 18,000 Germans turn out for an anti-immigration rally in Dresden, it is sadly inevitable that the specter of Germany’s past will be invoked, both outside Germany and within. Sadly, because anti-foreigner sentiments are hardly limited to Germany and political parties espousing resentment of foreigners — especially Muslim refugees and immigrants — have proliferated all across Europe, reaching even to traditionally welcoming Nordic lands like Sweden, Finland and Denmark.


Germany, in fact, has been among the more generous of European countries in giving refuge to victims of violence in other lands, and Chancellor Angela Merkel has been among the more courageous of European leaders in her stand against the anti-foreigner movement.


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5. Germany Pegida protests: ‘Islamisation’ rallies denounced


Media: BBC

Byline: N/A

Date: 06 January 2015


Politicians and celebrities in Germany have joined a media campaign against Pegida, a group protesting against what it sees as the “Islamisation” of Europe.


Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and retired footballer Oliver Bierhoff are among 80 figures to back a petition in German newspaper Bild.


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