Pegida Netherlands

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Pegida Netherlands
Pegida Nederland
LeaderEdwin Wagensveld
Founded11 October 2015
HeadquartersDresden, Germany
AffiliationFortress Europe

Pegida Netherlands is the Dutch branch of the German movement Pegida (Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West). It had its inaugural rally on 11 October 2015 in Utrecht. Those in attendance included Lutz Bachmann, Siegfried Däbritz, and Tommy Robinson.[1]

Pegida Netherlands leader Edwin Wagensveld speaks during a demonstration in Apeldoorn[2]

Pegida Netherlands is a signatory to the Prague Declaration[citation needed] and participated in the Europe-wide demonstrations on the 6th of February 2016. On 20 February 2016 Edwin Wagensveld, leader of Pegida Netherlands, was arrested for provocative behavior during a demonstration in Ede. He was in police custody for an hour.[3] He was arrested for the second time that month on 27 February 2016 at Amsterdam city hall. He was using the Pegida logo, which shows a swastika being thrown into a trash can. The city said, "The use of swastikas will not be tolerated, even if they are included in a protest sign or other form of expression where the National Socialist ideology is rejected, or in any other manner of speech whatsoever".[4]


  1. ^ Hopkins, Steven (11 October 2015). "Tommy Robinson Helps Launch Pegida Netherlands, Implores Crowds To 'Stand Together To Fight Islamification'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  2. ^ Pieters, Janene (18 January 2016). "MOSTLY QUIET PEGIDA ANTI-ISLAM PROTEST STARTS LATE, ENDS EARLY". NL Times. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Pegida-voorman aangehouden bij demonstratie Ede". Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  4. ^ Newmark, Zack (29 February 2016). "Pegida Leader Arrested in Amsterdam for Swastika Flag". NL Times. Retrieved 12 March 2016.