Europe Dresden's anti-Islam protests: Rooted in Germany's East-West divide?

PEGIDA marchers, some 17,500 of whom took to the street in Dresden tonight, claim that Islam threatens Germany. But their anger may stem in large part from issues held over from reunification.

By , Correspondent , Staff writer

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The thousands of anti-Islamist protesters who’ve been gathering in Dresden each Monday – as they did tonight with a record 17,500 participants – to contest what they say is a radical brand of Islam, aren’t just shining a spotlight on a rare glimpse of public xenophobia in Germany.