AsÂ IBTimes reported The Bavaria’s ruling party, Christian Social Union (CSU),Â has put forward a proposal saying that immigrants should speak German not only in public but in the home as well.
“The draft law has sparked outrage with dozens taking to social media to voice their dissent. Twitter users are commenting on the issue using the hashtag #YallaCSU. Yalla is an Arabic word that can be translated as “let’s go” and “hurry up”.” writes Ludovica Iaccino.
By ALISON SMALEDEC. 7, 2014
More refugees are seeking asylum in Germany than in any other country, straining Germansâ€™ tolerance for foreigners and taxing the governmentâ€™s ability to find housing for them.
DRESDEN, Germany â€” As it does every Advent, this history-laden city has erected the gift stalls, the glÃ¼hwein stands and the Ferris wheel of Germanyâ€™s oldest Christmas market, around the Frauenkirche, the 18th-century church that was magnificently rebuilt after the Alliesâ€™ catastrophic bombing in 1945. But this year, there is tension behind the seasonal jollity.
For the past seven Mondays, people have taken up the battle cry of East Germans protesting their Communist government 25 years ago â€” â€œWir sind das Volk!â€? (â€œWe are the people!â€?) â€” and fashioned it into a lament about being overlooked by political leaders of the present.
Dresdenâ€™s demonstrators, echoing the populist fears coursing around Europe, are a motley mix of far right-wingers in the National Democratic Party, or N.P.D., young hooligans and ordinary folk who feel ignored as foreigners pour into Germany â€” at least 200,000 this year alone â€” seeking jobs or asylum.
Ahmad Mahayni, a Syrian refugee, had to leave his exiled family in Jordan in August so that he could fly to Berlin to seek asylum.
First hundreds, now thousands have responded to the summons from a previously unknown activist, Lutz Bachmann, 41, and an organization called Pegida, a German acronym for a title that translates roughly as Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West.
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On Monday, a record 7,500 showed up despite teeth-chattering cold, for an hour long march through Dresdenâ€™s center, a mix of grim Socialist architecture and gems of the pre-1945 past. National flags were flown. One placard said, â€œWe miss our country,â€? while another demanded, â€œProtection of the Heimat,â€? or homeland, â€œnot Islamization.â€?
Carefully kept at shouting distance by the police, several hundred opponents yelled their disagreement. â€œRefugees are welcome here!â€? they chanted in English before blocking the Pegida crowd from reaching Dresdenâ€™s famed Theater Square, bordered by the beautiful Semperoper opera house and the Zwinger museum, home to one of the finest European art collections.
Despite its rich culture and its present-day prosperity, Dresden is no stranger to right-wingers or hatred of foreigners. But as dissatisfaction simmers throughout Europe over the arrival of migrants, events in this city of 530,000 people have come as a surprise.
â€œThey are clearly Nazis,â€? said Kathi Wetzel, 50, when asked at her food stall about the demonstrators, though, she added, the marches also swept up â€œsimple hangers-on who donâ€™t really know why they are going along.â€?
Martin Landseck, 32, pouring beer at another stand, took a far less definite attitude. â€œLetâ€™s wait and see,â€? he said, about which side has the better case.
Clearly, Pegida has touched a nerve. In Germany, where the economy is still growing and more people have jobs than ever before, no equivalent has emerged to Franceâ€™s Marine LePen and her populist National Front, and no leaders have ridden discontent to power like Prime Minister Victor Orban in Hungary.
The Islamization evoked by Pegida is hardly imminent, with only about 2 percent of the population in the Saxony region foreign, and only a fraction of those Muslim.
But right-wingers and soccer hooligans banded together in Cologne this fall and overran police officers in violent protests they said were aimed at Islamic extremism. Dresden is almost the anti-Cologne â€” determinedly antiviolent and careful in its fliers and patriotic placards to stay on the right side of laws banning hate speech â€” yet focused on many of the same targets.