Police in the eastern city of Dresden have issued a blanket ban on all demonstrations following reports of a “concrete threat” against the founding member of the anti-Islamization movement Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West), the daily Die Welt reports on its front page Monday.
Pegida had been marching in growing numbers in Dresden and other German cities for 12 consecutive Mondays since October. But weekly counter-marches, much larger in numbers, have also been organized across the country to protest against the far-right movement.
The organizers explained the ban on their Facebook page: “We are forced to make this decision after discussing with the police services,” adding that this was “a serious breach to freedom of opinion and demonstration” by “terrorist forces.”
German and foreign intelligence services reportedly intercepted communications between “known jihadists” in which they learned “assassins” would mix in with the crowd to kill one of the leaders of the movement, Die Welt reports. Instead of marching, Pegida asks its sympathizers to express their opinion by displaying a German flag and a candle on their home windows.
Gas stations in many Iranian cities had trouble supplying fuel earlier in the week in what was a suspected cyberattack on the fuel distribution system. One Tehran daily on Thursday blamed Israel, which may have carried out similar acts in past years, to weaken Iran's hostile regime.
The incident reportedly disrupted the credit and debit card payments system this time, forcing users to pay cash and higher prices, the London-based broadcaster Iran International reported.
Though state officials didn't publicly accuse anyone specific, they did say perhaps this and other attacks had been planned for October, to "anger people" on the anniversary of the anti-government protests of 2019.
Khamenei, where's our gas?
Cheeky slogans were spotted Tuesday in different places in Iran, including electronic panels over motorways. One of them read "Khamenei, where's our gas?"
Iran International reported that Tehran-based news agency ISNA posted, then deleted, a report on drivers also seeing the message "cyberattack 64411" on screens at gas stations, purported to be the telephone number of the office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
A member of parliament's National Security Committee, Vahid Jalalzadeh, said the attack had been planned months ahead, and had inflicted "grave losses," Iran International and domestic agencies reported Thursday. The conservative Tehran newspaper Kayhan named "America, the Zionist regime and their goons" as the "chief suspects" in the attack.
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