Pegida protesters in Berlin (5 Jan)
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Germany protests: What is Pegida movement? 60 seconds

The rapid rise of a group calling itself Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) has alarmed the German government, with Chancellor Angela Merkel calling its leaders racists.

The latest "anti-Islamisation" rally drew a record crowd of 25,000 in Dresden on Monday night. But large anti-Pegida demonstrations took place in other German cities.

BBC News explains the issues involved - in 60 seconds.

Video produced by Michael Hirst

  • 13 Jan 2015
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