05 January 2016

Anti-Islam Group PEGIDA Launches UK Branch

A new political movement which claims Islam is a "fascist ideology" has launched in the UK.

PEGIDA UK, based on the German "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamicisation of the West" movement held its official launch at a pub in Bedfordshire with an appeal to "middle England" to resist what it described as the rise of Islam in the UK.

The group is being launched by former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson, who claimed it would be different from its predecessor.

However, campaigners accused the group of stirring up hatred.

Mr Robinson said: "We have an ideological problem in this country with Islam. It's not assimilated in any sort of way. [Sky News] Read more