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Germany: Pegida leader quits after anti-refugee comments

  • Lutz Bachmann, the head of Germany's Pegida, has quit after his anti-refugee comments appeared on Facebook and a picture depicting him evidently posing as Hitler emerged, media reports say.

    Pegida, an anti-Islamisation movement that has held several rallies in German cities in the past few months, has been accused of racism and xenophobia.

    Bachmann, who reportedly used the words “scumbags” and “animals” to describe refugees on Facebook, has apologized for his comments. Also, there were no news of public outrage.

    Germany’s Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel was quoted as saying that a person in politics posing as Hitler “is either a total idiot or a Nazi.”

     

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