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Germany’s Pegida anti-Islam group says it canceled its planned weekly demonstration that was to have been held in Dresden on Monday evening due to security concerns after a meeting with police. A Pegida leader, Kathrin Oertel, commented in an e-mailed statement. * “State security officials have indications that an attack” may have been planned against a Pegida member at the rally: statement. * “No satisfactory security concept could be worked out at such short notice during a meeting with state and Dresden police presidents”: statement * Pegida says it would “irresponsible” to hold rally that would expose its supporters and the city of Dresden to “incalculable risks” * German news service DPA says threats aimed at Pegida leader Lutz Bachmann and that they were passed on to German authorities by “foreign intelligence services.” DPA didn’t say where it got the information. *NOTE: Anti-Islam Pegida rally drew 25,000 in Dresden on Jan. 12; counter rallies across Germany on same day opposing Pegida drew about 100,000 people *NOTE: Chancellor Angela Merkel has said some of the organizers of Pegida have “hatred in their hearts” *NOTE: Merkel attends Jan. 13 ceremony at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate organized by German Muslim groups to condemn Paris killings. “The perpetrators have betrayed Islam with their act,” Aiman Mazyek, chairman of Germany’s Central Council of Muslims, said in a speech at the ceremony attended by Merkel. “We won’t allow our beliefs to be misused.” *NOTE: Anti-Islam Rally in Germany Draws 25,000 After Paris Attacks Link