Germany: Businesses, churches & cities turn off lights to protest anti-Islam rallies

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6 January 2015

Rhein-Energie keeps Cologne's bridges dark in solidarity with protests against anti-Islam rallies

Author: Megan Specia, mashable

"German landmarks go dark to protest anti-Islam rallies", 5 Jan 2014

Local landmarks throughout Germany went dark on Monday in protest of a group staging weekly rallies against the perceived "Islamization of the West."..Several other churches and historical buildings said they would also keep the lights off, and electric company Rhein-Energie said it would keep the city's bridges dark, the DPA news agency reported...In Dresden, automaker Volkswagen said it was also keeping its glass-walled manufacturing plant dark, to underscore the company "stands for an open, free and democratic society."

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6 January 2015

Volkswagen keep lights off to underline that it "stands for an open, free and democratic society"

Author: Guardian (UK)

"Germans take to the streets to oppose rise of far-right 'pinstripe Nazi' party", 5 Jan 2014

Thousands of Germans demonstrated in four cities on Monday in opposition to the weekly rallies in Dresden against the perceived “Islamisation” of Europe that have attracted growing numbers of supporters...Businesses, churches, the city Cologne’s power company [RheinEnergie] and others kept their buildings and other facilities dark in solidarity with the demonstrations against the ongoing protests by the group calling itself Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West, or Pegida...The square around the Cologne Cathedral was plunged into darkness as thousands joined the demonstration. Cologne Cathedral provost Norbert Feldhoff, told n-tv that shutting down the lights was an attempt to make the Pegida demonstrators think twice about their protest...In Dresden, carmaker Volkswagen decided to keep its glass-walled manufacturing plant dark, to underscore the company “stands for an open, free and democratic society”...

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