250,000 demonstrators in the streets against the far-right Alternative for Germany party, which leads in opinion polls

250,000 demonstrators in the streets against the far-right Alternative for Germany party, which leads in opinion polls

Other marches are scheduled to be held on Sunday, especially in Berlin and Dresden in the state of Saxony, a stronghold of the anti-immigrant and anti-regime Alternative for Germany party.

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A crowd of people gather against the far-right Alternative for Germany party, in Wuppertal, Germany, January 20, 2024. (HESHAM ELSHERIF / ANADOLU / AFP)

Political leaders and religious representatives, as well as coaches from the German Football League, have called on the German people to mobilize. According to public television channel ARD, about 250,000 people demonstrated on Saturday, January 20, against the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, It is currently at its highest levels in opinion polls, just months before three important regional elections in the east of the country, where the party has the largest number of supporters.

The mobilization erupted after German investigative media Correctiv revealed, on January 10, a plan for the mass expulsion of foreigners or people of foreign origin, which had been discussed in November during a meeting of extremists in Potsdam, near Berlin. Participants included a figure from the radical identity movement, Austrian Martin Sellner, and members of the Alternative for Germany party. The discovery shook Germany.

Other rallies are scheduled for Sunday

The largest rallies were held in Frankfurt, the country's financial capital, with 35,000 participants attending, according to local police. A similar number of demonstrators gathered in Hanover (north), some of whom carried banners “Nazis Abroad” While about 30,000 people also demonstrated in the streets of Dortmund (west), and 16,000 in Halle, according to the police. Demonstrations were also held in Erfurt, Aachen, Kassel and several other small towns, such as this week's daily mobilization.

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Other marches are scheduled to be held on Sunday, especially in Berlin and Dresden in the state of Saxony, the stronghold of the anti-immigrant and anti-regime party.

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