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France: General Piquemal arrested at banned PEGIDA rally in Calais00:46

France: General Piquemal arrested at banned PEGIDA rally in Calais

France, Calais
February 6, 2016 at 17:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

Esteemed former French Army commander General Christian Piquemal was among those arrested at a PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) rally in Calais, Saturday. Clashes erupted between supporters of the anti-Islam group PEGIDA and police in the French port city after the planned rally was banned by local authorities.

The PEGIDA protest had been organised as part of a European-wide action against the 'Islamisation of Europe.' The Europe-wide protests follow the signing of the ‘Prague Declaration’ agreement between anti-Islam groups across Europe during a meeting in Prague in late January. The 'Fortress Europe' coalition which resulted from the meeting expresses a commitment to oppose “political Islam” and reject the European Union.

Members of 'Fortress Europe' include various branches of PEGIDA, alongside the Czech Republic's Blok Proti Islamu (Anti-Islam Coalition) and Usvit - Narodni Koalice (Dawn - National Movement), Poland's Ruch Narodowy (National Movement), Italy's Lega Nord (Northern League), Slovakia's Odvaha (Courage) Party and the Estonian Eesti Konservatiivne Rahvaerakond (Conservative People's movement)

France: General Piquemal arrested at banned PEGIDA rally in Calais00:46
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Esteemed former French Army commander General Christian Piquemal was among those arrested at a PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) rally in Calais, Saturday. Clashes erupted between supporters of the anti-Islam group PEGIDA and police in the French port city after the planned rally was banned by local authorities.

The PEGIDA protest had been organised as part of a European-wide action against the 'Islamisation of Europe.' The Europe-wide protests follow the signing of the ‘Prague Declaration’ agreement between anti-Islam groups across Europe during a meeting in Prague in late January. The 'Fortress Europe' coalition which resulted from the meeting expresses a commitment to oppose “political Islam” and reject the European Union.

Members of 'Fortress Europe' include various branches of PEGIDA, alongside the Czech Republic's Blok Proti Islamu (Anti-Islam Coalition) and Usvit - Narodni Koalice (Dawn - National Movement), Poland's Ruch Narodowy (National Movement), Italy's Lega Nord (Northern League), Slovakia's Odvaha (Courage) Party and the Estonian Eesti Konservatiivne Rahvaerakond (Conservative People's movement)

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