Scores of nationalists marched through the streets of Cologne on Saturday, January 14th, to denounce the German government’s refugee and asylum policies.
The protest was organised by the local branch of the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD).
Counter-protesters attempted to disrupt the rally shouting “Nazis out!.” A large police presence was deployed to prevent possible clashes. Several protesters were detained during the rally; no injures were reported.
Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU party has been beaten into third place by an anti-immigrant and anti-Islam party in elections in a north-eastern German state.
The Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party took just under 21% of the vote behind the centre-left SPD’s 30%.
The German chancellor’s CDU was backed by only 19% of voters, its worst ever result in the state.
The vote was seen as a key test before German parliamentary elections in 2017.
Before the vote in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, in the former East Germany, all of Germany’s other parties ruled out forming a governing coalition with the AfD. But the party, formed only three years ago, is already represented in nine of Germany’s 16 state parliaments.
This is humiliating for Angela Merkel – not least because this was on home turf. Mrs Merkel’s constituency is in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania.
Alternative fuer Deutschland’s anti immigrant and increasingly strident anti-Islam message has a powerful appeal to people concerned about integration and worried about domestic security.
The AfD, initially an anti-euro party, has enjoyed a rapid rise as the party of choice for voters dismayed by Mrs Merkel’s policy.
About 1,000 German nationalists have rallied outside Berlin‘s main train station, protesting against Chancellor Angela Merkel & invading hordes of middle easterners.
Demonstrators held signs with slogans like ‘No Islam on German Soil’ and ‘Merkel Must Go,’ while waving German flags at the rally on Saturday afternoon in the capital.
The rally was heavily attended by PEGIDA supporters, who chanted “we are the people” over the jeers of antifa counter protesters.
There were no reports of clashes between the two sides.
This demonstration comes just after the AfD, a kosher anti-islam nationalist party, was polled with 15% support, the highest of any nationalist party after the fall of the Third Reich.
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