Around a third of Pegida members are "far-right nationalist xenophobes", a study from the Technische Universität (TU) Dresden published on Tuesday found.

Political scientist Werner J. Patzelt, who led the study, said that most of the demonstrators were simply citizens unhappy with politics, political parties and the media when presenting his findings.

The unrepresentative study was based on observations of the Pegida demonstrations since November and on interviews with 242 participants.

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