Over 1.4 Million Demonstrate Against Far-Right Extremism in Germany



Over the weekend, Germany witnessed massive protests against the far right, with organizers reporting participation of over 1.4 million people nationwide. Demonstrations were prompted by revelations that the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party members met with far-right extremists to discuss a plan for mass deportations. The protests, under the chants of “never again,” aimed to reject far-right ideologies and defend democratic values, with some calls for the banning of the AfD as regional elections approach.

  • Over 1.4 million people protested against the far right across Germany during the weekend.
  • Rallies were a response to reports of AfD members meeting with far-right extremists discussing mass deportations.
  • In cities like Berlin and Munich, protestors chanted “never again,” expressing their rejection of fascism and the far right.
  • Organizers in Munich had to terminate their demonstration early due to overcrowding.
  • The AfD has distanced itself from the deportation plan discussed in the meeting.
  • The AfD is currently second in national opinion polls and particularly strong in Germany’s eastern states.
  • There is a concern that Germany’s democracy is at risk, with growing calls for the AfD to be banned.
  • Experts suggest the protests may not sway the opinions of current AfD voters but could motivate non-voters to participate in upcoming elections.
  • Regional elections are upcoming, and the impact of the protests on election results remains a subject of discussion.

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