"Pegizei" police scandal rocks Saxon state gov't in Germany

"Pegizei" police scandal rocks Saxon state gov't in Germany
Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-25 00:37:48|Editor: Mu Xuequan

BERLIN, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Revelations of links between the Saxony state criminal police office and the PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) movement in Germany have led to a crisis in the Saxon regional coalition government on Friday.

Speaking to the public broadcaster ARD, Social Democratic Party (SPD) deputy governor Martin Dulig blamed his Christian Democratic Union (CDU) coalition partner for ignoring the gradual spread of far-right political groups in Saxony and thus laying the foundations for what has become known as the "Pegizei" scandal in Germany. "Now we are paying the price for the omissions of the past decades," Dulig said.

"Pegizei" is a combination of the German word for police (Polizei) and the PEGIDA acronym. The term has been used to refer to the widely-publicized incident in the Saxon capital of Dresden in which local security authorities stand accused of having undermined constitutional press freedom during a recent PEGIDA demonstration against Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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