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German journalists' union urges prosecutions after attacks on reporters at PEGIDA rally

  • In this Oct. 19, 2015 picture police officers run  during a 'Pegida'  march , the name stands for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West"  , and a counter-demonstration in the  center  of Dresden, Germany, Violence flared in the eastern city of Dresden after German anti-Islam group PEGIDA staged a rally to mark its first anniversary Monday.  (Jan Woitas/dpa via AP)

    In this Oct. 19, 2015 picture police officers run during a 'Pegida' march , the name stands for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West" , and a counter-demonstration in the center of Dresden, Germany, Violence flared in the eastern city of Dresden after German anti-Islam group PEGIDA staged a rally to mark its first anniversary Monday. (Jan Woitas/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters attend a demonstration of the PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West), marking the first anniversary of the anti-Islam group in front of the Dresden Cathedral, or the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, in Dresden, eastern Germany, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. A surge of migrants to Germany over the summer has fueled a revival of fortunes for the group — whose name stands for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West" — with crowds to weekly rallies growing steadily. Germany's top security official said the domestic intelligence service was monitoring PEGIDA and called its leaders "hard far-right extremists." (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    Protesters attend a demonstration of the PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West), marking the first anniversary of the anti-Islam group in front of the Dresden Cathedral, or the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, in Dresden, eastern Germany, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. A surge of migrants to Germany over the summer has fueled a revival of fortunes for the group — whose name stands for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West" — with crowds to weekly rallies growing steadily. Germany's top security official said the domestic intelligence service was monitoring PEGIDA and called its leaders "hard far-right extremists." (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protestors hold a banner during a demonstration of the PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West), marking the first anniversary of the anti-Islam group in Dresden, eastern Germany, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. The banner reads in German 'Money for our children and not for your asylum seekers'. A surge of migrants to Germany over the summer has fueled a revival of fortunes for the group — whose name stands for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West" — with crowds to weekly rallies growing steadily. Germany's top security official said the domestic intelligence service was monitoring PEGIDA and called its leaders "hard far-right extremists." (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    Protestors hold a banner during a demonstration of the PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West), marking the first anniversary of the anti-Islam group in Dresden, eastern Germany, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. The banner reads in German 'Money for our children and not for your asylum seekers'. A surge of migrants to Germany over the summer has fueled a revival of fortunes for the group — whose name stands for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West" — with crowds to weekly rallies growing steadily. Germany's top security official said the domestic intelligence service was monitoring PEGIDA and called its leaders "hard far-right extremists." (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)  (The Associated Press)

The German Federation of Journalists union has called on authorities to prosecute those responsible for attacks on reporters at an anti-Islam rally in the eastern city of Dresden.

Three reporters for German broadcaster Deutsche Welle said they were harassed and one was hit in the neck by protesters Monday at the rally organized by the group Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West.

PEGIDA has staged weekly protests denouncing immigration and multiculturalism for the past year. Chants Monday included "lying press, smash their faces."

The Berlin-based news agency Ruptly said one of its cameramen was attacked by neo-Nazis, who also broke his camera.

Dresden police spokesman Thomas Geithner said Tuesday a photographer also reported being attacked by PEGIDA protesters.

PEGIDA representatives didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.