People took to the streets in several German cities today, Saturday, to protest against the far right and the Alternative for Germany party. According to German media, this concerns a total of a quarter of a million people.
Demonstrations took place in Frankfurt, Hanover, Kassel, Nuremberg and others. The demonstrators raised banners reading: “Together against extremists and for democracy” and “Fascism is not an alternative.”
According to German police, there were about 35,000 demonstrators in Hanover. The Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Stefan Weil, wrote to the demonstrators South German Zeitung. “What you're showing here is actually constitutional protections,” he said.
Even on Sylt, an island in the North Sea and a popular holiday destination, protests were ongoing, according to German police. About six hundred people protested against the far right, racism and xenophobia.
Series of protests
The demonstrations are part of a series of protests that began a week ago. The reason is the revelation of a meeting between right-wing extremists and AfD politicians in Potsdam. A plan to mass deport immigrants was reportedly discussed at that meeting.
The Alternative for Germany party is gaining great popularity in Germany and occupies a high position in opinion polls in the states of eastern Germany. Elections will be held there later this year.
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