Pegida's first demonstration in Scotland appears to have flopped, with unconfirmed reports from the police that only four supporters turned out. The right wing anti-Islam umbrella group, which originated in Germany, had planned a march and demonstration in Edinburgh on Saturday.
Supports of Pegida were set to march from Edinburgh's Waverley Station to a rally outside the Scottish Parliament with support from the Scottish Defense League.
A mass anti-racism march was held as a counter-protest, which included activists from Unite Against Fascism (UAF). UAF also held an anti-fascist march in Glasgow today.
There was some doubt as to whether the Pegida demonstration took place at all, because counter-demonstrators report that its supporters were not visible.
However, unconfirmed police reports that the demonstration did take place, despite the minimal turnout.
Images on social media of the counter-demonstration indicate that the Pegida demonstrators were outnumbered by at least 50:1.
Pegida began organizing in Scotland recently and its Scottish organizers have said that they are in regular touch with German members, who offer support and advice.
Earlier this month a spokesman from Pegida Scotland said a group of organizers had hoped to visit Berlin soon to attend a rally to "see how it's done there" and "get some ideas".
In a Facebook post on 18 February the group said: "We have now put together a fantastic team, we hope you will be a little patient… Our mission is simple… rid our island of Islam."
A Pegida demonstration in Newcastle last month attracted 400 supporters. However, around 2,000 counter-demonstrators also turned out.
There has been mounting concern by some European governments about the rise of Pegida following a number of mass rallies. A march in Dresden, Germany, on 12 Jan, called five days after the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris, attracted 25,000 participants - the high water mark to date of support for the group.
A march in Dresden, Germany, on 12 January, called five days after the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris, attracted 25,000 participants – the high water mark to date of support for the group.