Demonstrations against ISIS have reached an all-time high in Germany. On Monday, a record 15,000 people marched against the “Islamisation of the West.”
The Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) have been walking the streets of Eastern Germany for nine weeks.
Germany has become Europe's top destination for asylum seekers. Yahoo News reports that the influx of refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan has strained local governments.
The protests have rapidly grown in size, creating a debate within Germany about what to do about their immigration problem.
“Pegida’s growing presence has presented politicians with a dilemma over how to uncouple the strong neo-Nazi element believed to form the core of the protests from ordinary Germans with grievances against the government, who make up the bulk of the protesters,” The Guardian noted.
Protester Michael Stuerzenbeger told the AFP why he is marching on the streets: "We don't want a flood of asylum seekers, we don't want Islamisation. We want to keep our country with our values. Is that so terrible? Does that make us Nazis? Is it a crime to be a patriot?"
According to a poll by the TNS institute, two-thirds of Germans do not think that Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is doing enough to address immigration concerns.