Pegida UK

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Pegida United Kingdom
Pegida UK official logo.png
Formation 2015 (attempted)
4 January 2016 (official)
Founder Tommy Robinson
Founded at Toddington, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Purpose Anti-Islam
Stop Islamisation
British nationalism
Leader
Paul Weston
Anne Marie Waters
Adviser
Tommy Robinson
Affiliations Fortress Europe[1]
Tommy Robinson at a Pegida rally in Utrecht on 11 October 2015

Pegida UK is an anti-Islam organisation in the United Kingdom that was established by Tommy Robinson. It is named after the German group Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida).[2]

Following one attempted 'Pegida UK' march in London in the summer of 2015 by ex-EDL members, a second launch of the group was conducted on 4 January 2016 in a pub in Toddington, Bedfordshire by Tommy Robinson. On the day of the launch, he stepped down to the role of "adviser". Paul Weston (the chairman of a specific political group, Liberty GB) was named leader and Anne Marie Waters (chairman of Sharia Watch) was named as a third member of Pegida UK's management team.[3][4][5]

Robinson said that he hoped Pegida UK would be different from the EDL,[6] that it would attract a more "middle-class" demographic, and would discourage the "loutish behaviour and alcohol-fueled violence" of the EDL.[7] Robinson seeks a halt to Muslim immigration, the closure of sharia courts, a ban on the wearing of the burqa, and a moratorium on mosque construction.[7]

Pegida UK's launch event was a march in Birmingham, on 6 February 2016. It drew a crowd of approximately 200, fewer than the Pegida UK attempt of 2015, with a smaller counter-demonstration also taking place.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gutteridge, Nick (28 January 2016). "Anti-Islam groups launch Europe-wide coalition pledging to defend 'Western civilisation'". Daily Express. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Lowe, Josh (5 February 2016). "Pegida U.K.: What does Tommy Robinson's 'Anti-Islam' group want?". Newsweek. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Deacon, Liam (4 January 2016). "Anti-Islamisation 'PEGIDA' Group Launches UK Chapter". Breitbart. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Parris-Long, Adam (4 January 2016). "Tommy Robinson hands over Pegida UK leadership to former Luton South parliamentary candidate Paul Weston". Luton Today — Luton News Herald & Post. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Hamdi, Omar (23 December 2015). "As a Muslim comedian, I found having dinner with ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson strange but enlightening". Independent. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Bartlett, Jamie (4 December 2015). "Across Europe with Tommy Robinson: inside the new wave of anti-immigration protest coming soon to Britain". Telegraph. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Goldberg, Adrian (29 January 2016). "Tommy Robinson: The man behind the British version of Pegida". BBC News. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Day, Harvey (7 January 2016). "Tommy Robinson's Pegida UK group to be kept OUT of Birmingham city centre". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Halliday, Josh (6 February 2016). "Pegida UK supporters stage anti-Islam silent march in Birmingham". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 February 2016.