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PEGIDA holds its first rally in Sweden

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By Euronews
PEGIDA holds its first rally in Sweden

<p>An offshoot of the <span class="caps">PEGIDA</span> movement has held its first demonstration in Sweden.</p> <p>Only a couple of hundred supporters turned out in the city of Malmo, they were greatly outnumbered by counter-demonstrators who surrounded them.</p> <p>Police were on hand to keep the two sides apart.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en data-scribe-reduced-action-queue="><p><span class="caps">DTN</span> Italy: Swedish anti-racists swamp first <span class="caps">PEGIDA</span> anti-Islam rally: Sweden's first rally by the German-inspir… <a href="http://t.co/BWjQtyxPQ0">http://t.co/BWjQtyxPQ0</a></p>— <span class="caps">DTN</span> Italy (@DTNItaly) <a href="https://twitter.com/DTNItaly/status/564903425872109570">February 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>One woman demonstrating against <span class="caps">PEGIDA</span> accused the group of being racists and told a reporter that even though <span class="caps">PEGIDA</span> denied it she didn’t believe them, stressing they didnt support equality among people either.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2015/jan/06/pegida-what-does-german-far-right-movement-actually-stand-for"><span class="caps">PEGIDA</span></a> which began in Germany, stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West.</p> <p>Its Swedish organiser Henrik Rönnquist said the protest was to call for immigration restrictions to be tightened..</p> <p>“It is not about racism, not about throwing immigrants out of the country…it is about our values, traditions.It is all about that we are very fond of our country.”</p> <p>In Sweden the number of asylum seekers jumped between 2012 and 2014 from roughly 45,000 to 80,000, with Syrians constituting around half of them.</p>