EDL founder Stephen Lennon spoke to 20,000 people at a PEGIDA rally in Dresden on Monday night.
The demonstration was called to mark the first anniversary of the anti-Islam movement but it could also herald the re-emergence of the group following a growing backlash against the decision of Angela Merkel to take so many refugees.
Lennon, probably better known as Tommy Robinson, was clearly excited to be there, posting pictures of himself on Twitter and announcing that Pegida was the “salvation of Europe”.
He claimed Europe was at a “crossroads” and likening the refugee crisis to the Crusades, adding: “Angela Merkel seems to be handing out the birth right of German citizens like she is handing out candy to children … this current immigration is an invasion.
“Our borders are being overrun. There is little or no control. A country that cannot control its borders will soon not be a country.”
Lennon’s Dresden speech comes after addressing a far less successful Pegida launch in the Netherlands ten days ago.
It now seems only a matter of time before Lennon launches a new organisation in the UK. He had intended to become co-leader of Sharia Watch in the summer but a combination of increased police pressure and the fall out from the aborted Muhammad cartoon exhibition led him to pull out. His relationship with Anne Marie-Waters, who set up Sharia Watch last year, soured, with Lennon angry that she cancelled the cartoon exhibition. He told his friends that she had “bottled it”.
While Lennon has long argued against a new EDL-type of organisation and had hoped to be taken more seriously in a pressure group, his time in Dresden and his inability to be taken seriously as an intellectual means that a new street organisation is his likely avenue to return to frontline political activity.
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Nick Lowles is chief executive of HOPE not hate. He is a campaigner and journalist who comments and appears regularly in the media. Nick is author of 'Codename Arthur: The True Story of the Anti-Fascist Spy Who Identified the London Nailbomber', 'White Riot: The Violent Story of Combat 18', 'Hooligans: The A-Z of Britain's Football Hooligan Gangs', and co-author of 'Mr Evil: The Secret Life of Pub Bomber and Killer David Copeland'.Twitter