January 18, 2015
Now, I’m not a conspiracy theorist. But even so, hearing from the government about a vague plot to bomb a protest that the government has been trying to shut down for months – it almost seems to me that a government might make up such a threat in order to keep people off the streets.
Foreign intelligence agencies have learned that Islamist militants are planning possible attacks on weekly marches organized by Germany’s anti-Islamic movement.
A report by German magazine Der Spiegel on Friday said foreign intelligence services picked up communications by some “known international jihadists,” but did not give specific details.
The intelligence, which was passed to German authorities, indicated that the Islamists had discussed possible attacks on rallies organized by the group, “Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the Occident,” (Pegida) the magazine reported in a pre-released story set to appear in this weekend’s edition, The Telegraph reported Saturday.
This week’s rally was officially cancelled in fear of Moslems, even though no evidence was presented to show such a threat existed.
A weekly rally by a German group protesting what it calls “the Islamization of the West” was called off on Sunday because of a terrorist threat against one of its organizers, the group and authorities said.
The group calling itself PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, has organized rallies every Monday in the eastern German city of Dresden. Last week’s event drew the biggest crowd yet, with police estimating some 25,000 people attended.
PEGIDA said on its Facebook page that this Monday’s rally was called off for security reasons because, according to police, “there is a concrete threat against a member of the organization team.”
Dresden police chief Dieter Kroll said in a statement that there was a “concrete” threat connected to a member of the PEGIDA team and Monday’s demonstration. In view of that, he issued an order barring any rallies in the city on Monday.
Kroll said there had been a call for attackers to mingle with the demonstrators and kill one of the protest organizers. He didn’t specify where the threat came from, or if any group was behind it, but said it resembled an Arabic-language Tweet describing PEGIDA as an “enemy of Islam.”
He said there was no information about any specific potential attacker or how exactly an attack might be carried out, which led officials to conclude that there was no way to prevent possible danger other than canceling the rally.