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More resignations at top of anti-Islam organization

January 28, 2015

BERLIN (AP) — There’s more trouble at the top for a German organization protesting the perceived “Islamization” of Europe.

The PEGIDA organization said on its Facebook page Wednesday that spokeswoman Kathrin Oertel has resigned after receiving threats, while board member Thomas Tallacker has stepped down for work reasons.

Organizer Bernd-Volker Lincke told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung he and two others have also resigned.

Last week, PEGIDA co-founder Lutz Bachmann quit after online posts surfaced in which he used derogatory language to refer to refugees and posed looking like Adolf Hitler.

“Under these circumstances, I couldn’t take part any longer,” Lincke was quoted as saying.

PEGIDA has held weekly anti-Islam rallies in the city of Dresden. After peaking with about 25,000 in attendance, recent rallies have been attracting smaller numbers.

Two weeks ago, the organization cancelled a planned rally after police said a terror threat had been directed against the organizer. On Wednesday, the organization said it would also cancel the rally planned for next Monday due to the lack of leadership.

It said a new board would be elected in coming days.

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