Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch anti-Islam Freedom Party, 2nd right, speaks at a rally of so-called 'Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West' (PEGIDA) in Dresden, Germany, Monday, April 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
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Dutch far-right populist lawmaker Geert Wilders rallied thousands of PEGIDA followers in eastern Germany Monday to counter society's "Islamisation" but failed to draw the record crowds organisers had hoped for.The so-called "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident", founded half a year ago in the city of Dresden, had aimed to top their previous record from January of 25,000 people joining a rally.The German integration commissioner, Aydan Ozoguz, had warned citizens against attending the PEGIDA event, saying that by inviting Wilders the group had shown its true extremist colours.Dresden police declined to provide a crowd estimate for the PEGIDA event.
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