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Germany: PEGIDA rallies against new art installation at Neumarkt in Dresden

1 25.04.2017 Инфо

Anti-Islamic activists from PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) held a protest against a sculpture symbolising "peace" and "humanity" in the modern world, in Dresden on Tuesday.
Combining various elements of Dresden's works of art from different ages, the 'Monument for a permanent new beginning' was intended to represent "diversity and complexity," creators of the sculpture, Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, reportedly said. According to the idea of the designers, the 7.50-metre (25-foot) and €60,000 ($65,000) art work would stand on the city's central square for two years.
However, Dresden's PEGIDA movement have reportedly described the project as an abuse of artistic freedom and an attack on their identity. The PEGIDA activists were met by a large group of counter-protesters. No clashes were reported at the protest action.
In February, an anti-war sculpture consisting of three passenger buses placed vertically in the air was denounced by right-wing protesters who insisted that the art work was not needed or wanted in Dresden and called for the sculpture to be removed and melted down.