Million Leftists Protest Amid Push to Ban Populist AfD Party

More than a million left-wing activists took to the streets in Germany over the weekend amid calls for a ban on the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD), which is rising rapidly in opinion polls.

Traditional media, political elites, A network of activists rallied around a common goal: the AfD. .

according to organizerOver the weekend, more than 1.4 million people protested against the populist party Alternative for Germany, holding slogans such as “No to fascism, populism and the right'' and “Demonstrations against the right – not an inch.'' I went out on the street. Fascism” (Nippon Television) report.

The protests were called by Prime Minister Scholz in an apparent attempt to change the makeup of his struggling coalition government.

“Right-wing extremists are attacking our democracy. We are all called to take a clear stand for a democratic Germany. And for more than 20 million people with immigrant backgrounds, For my friends, co-workers and neighbors,” Scholz said. Said In a video released Friday.

“If there is one thing that should never exist in Germany again, it is the national and racial ideology of the National Socialists,'' Scholz said. continuation. “That's exactly what these extremists' disgusting resettlement plans are. Just thinking about them sends shivers down my spine.”

Massive nationwide protests against the AfD began in response to the report released by the group. paid for by taxpayer subsidies and Funded by Soros The nonprofit collective isSecret plan against Germany”. In its report, the Center for Left-wing Research said the November meeting in Potsdam included members of the centrist Christian Democratic Union (CDU), as well as members of the AfD and Austrian identity activist Martin. Political activists, including Sellner, also claimed to be in attendance, a group the collective describes as “neo-Nazis.”

The Collective report is based on claims by the group's “covert operatives” who allegedly spoke to participants at the meeting, saying that Mr. Sellner “deported people from Germany on the basis of a series of racist beliefs.” He claimed that he had formulated a “basic plan'' to implement the plan. The criteria apply regardless of German nationality. The report goes on to compare the Potsdam conference with the infamous 1942 Wannsee Conference, where senior leaders of Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime laid out plans to exterminate millions of Jews in the Holocaust. I did it.

This claim that the deportation of German nationals was discussed at the November meeting was disputed by several participants at the meeting, including Roland Hartwig, a former AfD parliamentarian and current personal advisor to co-leader Alice Weidel. is chanting.heart wig maintained Calling the collective's report “complete nonsense,” Sellner said he did not call for mass deportations of German citizens, adding: “If they had done so, I would have protested because it would have been unconstitutional.” The party also I got it. The meeting at a Potsdam hotel was said to be a closed-door meeting that was not sponsored or approved by the AfD.

Ulrich Vozgerau, a member of former Chancellor Angela Merkel's centrist CDU party who attended the event, also confirmed the truthfulness of the reformers' claims, saying, “No one has said anything like that, at least not in front of me.” I denied it.

“What was actually being discussed was the question of how to more quickly deport foreign nationals who have committed crimes or who have been denied asylum. But even the Prime Minister is thinking about it.”10 He added, referring to Olaf Scholz's pledge to step up deportations following a series of anti-Semitic incidents in Germany following the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel on July 7.

Serranor also was denied Advocating for such policies at the conference, Soros-funded organizations do not advocate forcible deportation of German nationals with immigrant backgrounds, but rather misunderstand Soros' concept of “reimmigration” death, to call It includes various policies to encourage unassimilated ethnic groups living in Germany to emigrate their families to their homeland, such as providing economic development and aid programs in Africa.

Sellner argued that this policy, along with ending chain migration and deporting those who failed to apply for asylum, was necessary to ensure ethnic Germans maintained their status as majority voters in the country. On the other hand, they argue that the flow of overseas migrants from Europe has the potential to improve economic conditions in developing countries. .

There was also no proposal from the AfD leadership to introduce a plan to deport German nationals. Rather, the party openly rejects any distinction based on racial lines and embraces “civic nationalism.” platform The party says it is “unconditionally committed to the German people as the sum total of all German citizens.”

“Regardless of a person's ethnic or cultural background and whether they or their ancestors were naturalized recently or in the past, legally they are members of families who have lived in Germany for centuries. “We are Germans like our descendants and enjoy life in Germany. We have the same rights and the same obligations. For us there are no first-class citizens or second-class citizens,” the party platform states. There is.

After all, the truth of the statement is unknown, and so far the claims and counter-arguments seem to amount to he-said, she-said statements.

Nevertheless, the report comes as the AfD has surged to around 23 percent in opinion polls, outperforming all three parties in Prime Minister Olaf Scholz's hard-pressed coalition government. This has spurred calls for the AfD to be banned. Criticism of economic failure and mass immigration.

Earlier this month, Saskia Esken, leader of Scholz's Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Germany's Bundestag, argued that banning the AfD should be considered, given that the party is “clearly anti-democratic”. .

last year, government-funded The German Institute for Human Rights (DIMR) argued that the party's ban was justified on the grounds that the AfD opposes “the basic order of liberal democracy.”

Calls for the party to be banned come ahead of local elections later this year in the German states of Brandenburg, Saxony and Thuringia, in which the AfD has made significant gains and won local government posts. It is predicted that there is even a possibility that it will take control of the The AfD is also expected to play a major role in the EU parliamentary elections scheduled for June.

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