A billion Muslims from all over the world have been arduously trying to explain the hateful nature of what is also an anti-immigrant movement.
A lot of people have listened and understood the point but some others have been in doubt – especially after the recent terror attacks in neighboring France.
Well, ironically enough, the leader of PEGIDA, Lutz Bachmann, just simplified matters for everyone with the ultimate proof that his campaign is nothing but bigotry at its worst.
Bachman came under fire – and subsequently stepped down – after a photo of him posing as Adolf Hitler went viral online. Not one for restraint, Bacman also called refugees “scumbags” and “animals,” and posted a Ku Klux Klan member with the caption, "Three K's a day keeps the minorities away."
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The 41-year-old now-former leader of PEGIDA is a convicted burglar who once sold sausages at Dresden’s famous Christmas market.
Although he had a quite obvious bigoted agenda, he managed to rally a record of 17,000 people at one of his protests last month.
Many would think that his offensive selfie and resignation might help put an end to the movement altogether. But it won’t happen anytime soon.
Co-founder, Kathrin Oertel, has told Reuters that "PEGIDA will go on." She added that Bachmann’s resignation wasn’t related to the Hitler photo but was “linked to comments posted on the Internet.”
Bachmann reportedly faces a criminal investigation for incitement to racial hatred. After his alleged comments made about asylum-seekers were published in Bild – Germany’s top-selling daily newspaper, preliminary proceedings were launched by state prosecutors in Dresden.