Anti-racism campaigners and migrant support groups are to hold a rally in Dublin on Saturday to protest against the establishment of an Irish branch of European anti-Islamic group Pegida.

Ronit Lentin, of Anti-Racism Network Ireland, said that the establishment of an Irish branch of Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamicisation of the Occident), which holds its inaugural Irish rally in Dublin on Saturday, was an extremely worrying development given the group's record since it was founded in Dresden in Germany in 2014.

She said Pegida had shown itself to be "racist and Islamophobic" and was concerned about the potential rise of such "an extreme a right wing organisation" in Ireland.

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