Pegida: German Justice Minister likened to Goebbels

Pegida: German Justice Minister likened to Goebbels
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There is outrage in Germany after the leader of the far-right Pegida movement likened the country’s justice ministed to a notorious figure from the

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There is outrage in Germany after the leader of the far-right Pegida movement likened the country’s justice ministed to a notorious figure from the Nazi era.

Speaking at a rally in the eastern city of Dresden, Lutz Bachmann described Heiko Maas as the “worst thing to have happened since Goebbels.”

Justizminister Heiko #Maas wird keine Anzeige gegen den #Pegida Mann Lutz #Bachmann stellen. #goebbels Vergleich. pic.twitter.com/wZT52X4yZs

— Onlinemagazin (@OnlineMagazin) November 3, 2015

29 October 1897. Joseph Goebbels was born Rheydt, Prussia. He was the propaganda chief of Hitler's Germany. pic.twitter.com/lF13t74e6S

— Prof.Frank McDonough (@FXMC1957) October 29, 2015

Joseph Goebbels was Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime.

Supporters of Heiko Maas have denounced the comparison as “monstrous”.

Maas is a member of the SPD. There is talk of possible legal action.

Random House cancels author’s contract

A publisher has severed links with a controversial Turkish-German author after comments he made at a Pegida rally two weeks ago.

Penguin Random House says it has cancelled its contract with Akif Pirinçci after his remarks about concentration camps.

Who are Pegida?

  • Pegida is a German political movement based in Dresden.

  • It claims to be anti-Islamic and against what it says is the growing influence of Islam in Europe.

  • The group denies that it is a racist organisation but says it is opposed to the levels of immigrants coming to Germany.

  • Pegida has been holding marches on Monday evenings in Dresden since the start of the year.

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