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.
Saturday 25th November
Trump: Nuclear Apocalypse or New Cold War?
Leeds Swarthmore Centre at 2pm with Kate Hudson, General Secretary, CND. The threat of nuclear war is at its highest level since the Cold War. What can socialists do to stop it? facebook here
Saturday 25th November
Discussing Catalan self-determination
South London Left Unity discussion, also talking about the future of the left outside the Labour Party: 1- 4pm, Camberwell Library, Camberwell Green London SE5 7AL. All welcome.
Saturday 2 December
Latin America Conference 2017
TUC Congress House London at 9.15am: With countries across Latin America facing a resurgent right and the threat of intervention from Trump, this year’s Latin America Conference will be the most crucial yet. More info here
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