The leader and founder of Germany’s anti-Islamic Pegida movement has been widely criticized after linking the planned terrorist attacks on two Munich railway stations with the Muslim migrants who settled in the city.
Lutz Bachmann in a tweet posted soon after police closed Munich’s Central and Pasing stations said Germans who welcomed the refugees as they disembarked from trains at the main station should go back to the stations and risk being blown up.
“All welcome-clappers should arrive immediately at Munich’s main train station,” Bachmann posted.
The right-wing leader also added the hashtag #RefugISISnotWelcome, a parody of the slogan “Refugees are welcome here” used by left-wing groups.
All welcome-clappers should arrive immediately at Munich’s main train station.
Bachmann faced a Twitter backlash for linking terrorism with the plight of migrants from war torn countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
Just get out of here. So pathetic. An unworthy German
@lutzibub Wär ja schön, wenn Sie ein Hirn hätten, dass Sie sich wegsaufen könnten.— Dieter Janecek (@DJanecek) December 31, 2015
It would be so nice if you had a brain. You could drink it away.
@lutzibub das ist widerlich. Verstehen sie denn nicht, dass Menschen eben davor fliehen? Schämen Sie sich!— Kim Torster (@DasMoinPrinzip) December 31, 2015
That’s despicable. Don’t you understand what people are fleeing? Shame on you.
Bachmann hit back at his critics with a typically unapologetic tweet.
Ich verstehe die Aufregung nicht. Ihr Klatschpappen wolltet die RefugISIS in Europa! Warum macht Ihr jetzt ins Hemd und seid ni am HBF-M?— Lutz Bachmann (@lutzibub) December 31, 2015
I don’t get the uproar. You clap-idiots wanted the refugees in Europe. Why are you now wetting yourselves and not at Munich station?
Pegida, which stands for Europeans against the Islamisation of the west, formed in 2014 as a small protest group and has grown significantly over the past year amassing a following of approximately 30,000 supporters.
In 2015, Germany received 1.1 million migrants, which is five times the number they granted residency to in 2014, according to local paper the Saechsische Zeitung.
Although German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s stance led to her winning Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” award for 2015 there has been discontent among some Germans with her open door policy regarding the migrants.
“I am convinced that if we tackle the formidable task posed by the influx and integration of so many people in the right way today, then this will represent an opportunity for us tomorrow,” Merkel said.
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