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Pegida supporter riled by T-Shirt print snub

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Pegida supporter riled by T-Shirt print snub
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10:38 CEST+02:00
When a woman from the outskirts of Dresden contacted a printing company hoping to buy T-shirts emblazoned with the motif "I love Pegida", the shop's reaction came as something of a shock.

Instead of an order confirmation from the online company Spreadshirt, Kerstin Bergel found a point-blank refusal in her inbox. And Spreadshirt wasn't alone in making such a clear statement against the Pegida movement, reports Express.de.

Hoping for support, Bergel from Bautzen in Saxony posted the refusal email on Facebook, and the reply – from Spreadshirt employee Michaela – spread like wildfire across the internet.

"What PEGIDA represents is in our eyes not an opinion, but rather a series of racist, discriminatory and inhuman pronouncements," the email read.

"For this reason, we have decided on ethical grounds not to print the name of this ridiculous association. I hope that one day, you realise that you are taking to the streets alongside Nazis."

The wave of support that followed has been described as a "Candystorm" for the T-shirt company.

Pergida opponents took to Facebook and Twitter in their hundreds to post messages of thanks, pleased to see the company making such a clear statement.

However, criticism of the company also emerged. The blog "Kraftfuttermischwerk" pointed out that Spreadshirt also works with controversial companies, claiming they would not have acted in a consistent manner with other motifs.

After the story made it into Bild Zeitung, Bergel defended herself on Facebook, saying "I want to reiterate once again. I am not right-wing."

Despite Bergel's T-shirt of choice not being available, Spreadshirt's website does offer a variety of other Pegida motifs.

But none of them appear to have been to her taste. According to the Facebook post a different company agreed to print her favoured motif.

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