- Pegida's worries about the Islamization of Germany concern the seeming intolerance and religious fanaticism that have grown hand-in-hand with the arrival of the Muslim populations unwilling to adapt to Western values.
- The terror attacks in France Had "nothing to do with Islam." — German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière.
- By decrying Pegida's views as "xenophobic," narrow minded" and even "inhuman," Germany's ruling establishment shows how deeply out of touch it is with the worries of a large segment of the population.
- Perhaps the people in the East just want to avoid the situation that the Western part of the country is in. Having gone through decades of Communist dictatorship, perhaps they are less inclined to trust that their political leaders have the people's best interests in mind with their policies.
Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (Occident) (German: Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes), abbreviated PEGIDA or Pegida, is a German nationalist, anti-Islam, right-wing political movement. It was founded in Dresden in October 2014. Pegida believes that Germany is being increasingly Islamicised and aims to oppose Islamic extremism.
Pegida wants to curb immigration, and accuses authorities of not enforcing existing immigration laws. Pegida has held many demonstrations; often there have been many public demonstrations against them as well. In 2015, the founder of Pegida resigned after being reported as having posed as Adolf Hitler and having made racist statements on Facebook. He was later reinstated.
Offshoots of Pegida have been formed in various countries.