Anti-Islam Pegida to join Swiss Parliamentary elections

Pegida Switzerland leader and its two members decided to join upcoming parliamentary elections in Switzerland

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

According to local Swiss media, the anti-Islamisation movement Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident) decided to join the upcoming elections for the lower house of Swiss parliament.

According to Swiss newspaper Tagblatt Thurgau, the leader of Pegida Switzerland Mike Spielmann will participate the parliamentary elections in October as a representative of the Direct Democratic Party of Switzerland (DPS).

The DPS party is known as a small right-wing party of Switzerland with 100 members. 

Pegida announced in the beginning of July that it is to form a political party and join German regional election race in 2016 and German general elections in 2017, after its unexpected success in German mayoral elections in June, when PEGIDA candidate Tatjana Festerling won the mayoral post.

Pegida is a German far right anti-Islam political group founded in Dresden in October 2014. It organises weekly recurring protests against what it cogitates as the Islamisation of the West, its ideology calls for strictly restrictive immigration, especially for Muslims. Pegida pursues to alter German legislation.

The anti-Islam group is seen as a racist and borderline fascist group by many in Europe and has drawn criticism from significant political figures, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. 

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