In Germany, tens of thousands of people demonstrated against the far-right Alternative for Germany party

In Germany, tens of thousands of people demonstrated against the far-right Alternative for Germany party

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated on Sunday (January 14) in Germany, following the revelation of a plan to mass expel people of foreign origin drawn up by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which is rising in opinion polls.

Close “10,000 demonstrators” Police said in a statement on Sunday that demonstrators demonstrated in the streets of Potsdam, a town on the outskirts of Berlin, where members of the AfD and neo-Nazis met at the end of November to discuss the plan. Social Democratic Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Green Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also attended this gathering.

in berlin, “thousands of people” They also gathered around the famous Brandenburg Gate. Several thousand demonstrators also demonstrated in other cities across the country.

These gatherings were organized after What was revealed by German investigative media Correctiv on Wednesdayunder which members of the AfD discussed with the neo-Nazis a plan to expel foreigners or people of foreign origin from Germany.

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A shock wave in the country

The co-founder of the Austrian Identity Movement (IBÖ), Martin Sellner, introduced a project to send up to two million people to North Africa – asylum seekers, foreigners and German citizens who would otherwise not be able to do so. “integrated”.

The AfD members who attended the meeting included, among others, the personal representative of party co-leader Alice Weidel, Roland Hartwig, the MP, Gerrit Hoy, and the head of the AfD's regional parliamentary group from Saxony-Anhalt, Ulrich Siegmund. According to the media.

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These revelations have sent a shockwave through the country, while the AfD benefits from positive dynamics in opinion polls, with voting intentions ranging between 21% and 23% at the national level. The party even exceeds 30% in the former East German states, such as Saxony, Thuringia and Brandenburg, where decisive regional elections will be held in the second half of the year.

Chancellor Schulz also warned about this on Saturday “Extremists”While the far right seeks to exploit social mobilization, primarily the mobilization of farmers.

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“When legitimate protests turn into anger or contempt for democratic processes and institutions, we all lose. Only those who despise our democracy will benefit.And he warned.

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