German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has slammed a “hard right-wing extremist” group planning to hold a demonstration against the arrival of refugees fleeing war and unrest in their countries.
De Maiziere warned Germans to keep their distance from the anti-refugee and anti-Islam PEGIDA group.
He added that the PEGIDA tended to make “blanket references to asylum seekers as criminals” and that Germany had no room for “hate” and “violence.”
The minister also called on Germans to avoid following groups seeking to inject “hatred” or “poison” into the country.
De Maiziere also said attacks against asylum seekers had tripled since last year, describing the situation as “horrifying.”