By Simon Guy
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German Nazi fear

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Issue 428

There have been protests by anti-racists against the election result in Germany last month. Far right Alternative for Germany (AfD) received 12.6 percent of the vote.

This gave them 94 MPs in the German pariliament. Although one, a former leader, immediately left the party and became an independent.

The MPs include Beatrix Von Storch who found infamy when she supported shooting refugees who approached the border. When defending her comments she said, “The use of firearms against children is not permitted,” but “women are a different matter.”

Exit polls showed that 60 percent of AfD voters said they had voted “against all other parties” and only 34 percent voted out of positive support for the AfD.

This shows that the mainstream parties have helped the far right to grow. The worst possible response has immediately come from Angela Merkel, who said, “We must listen to their concerns.”

Bowing to the racism of the AfD will only strengthen them.

The left party, die Linke, has more to do. As well as throwing itself into the anti-fascist and anti-racist mobilisations they must not bow to racism themselves.

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