Pegida offshoot Direct Democracy for Europe (DDfE) failed to take off on Sunday when only 500 people showed up to a Dresden demonstration instead of the 5,000 it had planned for. Meanwhile, the original movement prepares for its first meeting in two weeks.

DDfE was envisioned as a "less extreme" Pegida, said founder Kathrin Oertel, who left the Patriots Against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) two weeks ago following the Hitler photo scandal involving the group's former leader.

"We're starting all over again," Oertel told the crowd who had gathered in front of Dresden's Frauenkirche.

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