Pegida leader arrested at anti-Islam demonstration in Utrecht
Pegida leader Edwin Wagensveld was arrested on Sunday afternoon during a demonstration by the anti-Islam movement in Utrecht. According to the police, he was arrested for demonstrating where he was not allowed to, ANP reports.
"He was on the Janskerkhof making a statement towards various media. This was not allowed, so we took him away", a police spokesperson said to the news wire. Wagensveld was taken to a police station for questioning.
The anti-Islam group was given permission to demonstrate on Moreelsepark until 3:00 p.m. But after Wagensveld was arrested early in the afternoon, Pegida called on its members not to come. Eventually only a "handful" of protesters were in the park. "It was super quiet", the police spokesperson said.
A counter demonstration was held by a group called Utrecht Bekent Kleur on Janskerkhof, where Wagensveld was arrested. About 150 people showed up for this demonstration, according to ANP. Here too there were no incidents.
Stil protest van PEGIDA in Utrecht. pic.twitter.com/IItu5Nf7Sl— Bob van Keulen (@BobHGL) February 5, 2017
De voorman van Pegida, Edwin Wagensveld, is vanmiddag gearresteerd op het Janskerkhof in Utrecht. pic.twitter.com/XtCncqnawB— Robert Oosterbroek (@RBOosterbroek) February 5, 2017