Off-duty police employee tried to stop group’s demonstration in Dresden being filmed

Police and politicians in the east German state of Saxony have been accused of ignoring or underplaying the rising influence of the far right, after an incident involving an off-duty police officer who tried to stop a TV crew filming a rally by the Pegida group in Dresden.

Video footage that has gone viral showed a man later identified as an off-duty police employee shouting at crew members from state broadcaster ZDF. The man, dressed in a sun hat in the colours of the German flag, reported the crew to police, saying they were breaking the law, even though it is not illegal to film a demonstration in Germany. The journalists were then detained for 45 minutes.

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