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Anti-Islam group PEGIDA invites far-right figure Geert Wilders to rally

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By Euronews
Anti-Islam group PEGIDA invites far-right figure Geert Wilders to rally

<p>It is attracting fewer demonstrators than in the past, but the German anti-Islam group <span class="caps">PEGIDA</span> is making new attempts to revive itself.</p> <p>Several hundred turned out on Monday for a new protest rally in Dresden; only a fraction of the thousands hoped for.</p> <p>But organisers say the extreme-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders has been invited to attend a rally next week, and they hope that will boost numbers.</p> <p><span class="caps">PEGIDA</span> says it is against what it calls the Islamisation of Europe, but the group is increasingly targeted now with large counter-protests.</p> <p>The organisation was widely condemned after images emerged of its leader, Lutz Bachmann, posing as Hitler. He resigned but was then reinstated. </p> <p>Similar events held by branches of <span class="caps">PEGIDA</span> in other European countries such as Austria and the UK have only attracted small crowds.</p>