Over 12,000 thousand protesters marched through Berlin this Sunday in opposition to the far right racist Alternative for Germany entering Parliament, reports Left Unity Principal Speaker, Nick Jones. This is the first time in post-war Germany that a party with 92 MPs will poison national politics on such a grand scale. Racsism and hate is being fuelled by this party – 2016 saw over 3000 attacks on asylum centres and volunteers assisting refugees across Germany.
Who are the AfD? The organisation was launched before the 2013 German elections attracting support from disillusioned conservatives, racists and neo-nazi elements. They gaained sucess in German Federal elections in Saxony, Thuringen and Brandenburg. The neo-nazi wing is led by Bjorn Hocke. He has attacked the holocaust memorial in Berlin as a disgrace and wants to take back the German Fatherland piece by piece.
They claim to represent the typical family but are a pro-market, pro-privatisation party. They seek a massive reduction in taxation that will leave services underfunded. They are anti-refugee and anti-migrant. They see Islam as the greatest danger facing Germany. They seek to make practising Islam almost impossible. They are undemocratic and seek to undermine the rights and freedoms of others. It is important that pressure grows to ensure that they are not allowed to form coaltions and their racism does not go unchecked. Many anti-AfD groups and initiatives are being formed across Germany. Some useful links:
Left Unity is active in movements and campaigns across the left, working to create an alternative to the main political parties.
Events and protests from around the movement, and local Left Unity meetings.
Sat 20 Oct, 10.00-17.30
How Do We Defeat The Rise Of Fascism & Racism? International Conference
A great line-up and a vital event in London.
Sat 20 Oct, 12.00
People’s Vote March
Park Lane, London. Contact us if you can help distribute LU broadsheets.
European Forum of Progressive Forces, Bilbao
To debate, build and act to ward-off current threats.
Sun 17 Nov, 11.00-16.30
Reclaim Social Care Conference, Birmingham
To explore how to reverse privatisation and secure quality, stable, publicly funded and accountable social care services for all.
Speakers from Health Campaigns Together, the Labour Party, DPAC and more.
Sun 17 Nov, 12.00
National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism and Racism
Central London. More info on Facebook
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