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I CARE - - Germany: Former Pegida frontwoman facing charges for her role in vigilante 'migrant hunt'

18.7.16

I CARE - - News - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe: 13/7/2016- A former frontwoman of Germany’s Pegida anti-Muslim movement is facing potential criminal charges over her part in a vigilante hunt for migrants, it has emerged. Tatjana Festerling travelled to Bulgaria last month with Edwin Wagenfeld, the leader of Pegida’s Dutch offshoot, to spend a day with a paramilitary group hunting for migrants crossing the border with Turkey. She posted photographs of herself with the vigilantes on Facebook and called on the “men of Europe” to travel to Bulgaria and join the hunt. It now appears she could face criminal charges and a possible five-year jail sentence in her native Germany over the stunt. Police in Hamburg on Tuesday confirmed they have opened a criminal investigation against Ms Festerling under German laws which prohibit citizens from joining or helping foreign paramilitary organisations.

Ms Festerling responded with a statement on her website in which she condemned “all attempts to stigmatize and criminalize me by frantically invoked terms such as “parami-litary”. She claimed she had accompanied “local voluntary, unarmed and legal border patrols” in Bulgaria. She previously posted pictures of herself on Facebook posing in a military-style uniform alongside masked men holding up a banner that said “Fortress Europe”. She also said she had been in contact with Petar Nizamov, a Bulgarian who was placed under house arrest in April after he posted a video on social media of the “citizens’ arrest” of three Afghans. The migrants were forced to lie on the ground with their hands tied behind their backs while a man stood over them with a knife. They told police they were threatened with guns and knives and searched for valuables and money.


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