The chief conductor of the Staatskapelle, a man of nationalist sympathies, has issued a rare statement criticising Pegida, the anti-immigrant mass movement.
Christian Thielemann called on Pegida to stop holding its demos on the Theaterplatz in Dresden’s centre. ‘It’s damaging the reputation of the city. They should demonstrate elsewhere,’ he told the Dresdner Morgenpost.
‘These shots echo around the globe and hurt Dresden’s image,’ Thielemann said. ‘I don’t understand why the city permits them.’