An Islamophobic Dutch group is planning to hold deliberately provocative barbecues near mosques over the next several weeks, coinciding with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in which most believers fast from sunrise to sunset.
According to PEGIDA, which stands for "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of West," the barbecues will be held in front of mosques at the sunset fast-breaking time in 12 cities across the country, for which they have applied for permits.
In years past, similar PEGIDA barbecues have featured the roasting of pork, a food prohibited under Islam.
The group argued that these events have not been allowed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that now there is no obstacle to what they call the "Ramadan Barbecue Tour."
Starting in 2014, the far-right anti-Islam PEGIDA held its first protest in Dresden, Germany with some 350 people, including 12 organizers.
By early 2015, the number of protesters is said to have reached some 25,000 but later fell.
PEGIDA has inspired xenophobic groups both inside and outside Germany./aa