Nearly 150,000 people took to the streets of Berlin today, Saturday, in front of the federal parliament building for the fourth week in a row in protest against the far-right Alternative for Germany party, a sign of growing concern about popular support. In support of the right wing party and democracy.
The protest was organized by the “Hand in Hand” initiative, and it received the support of over 1,500 active unions in the country.
The demonstration included slogans for Palestinian freedom and calls for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
Demonstrations also took place in other cities, including Dresden, Hanover and Eisenach, with protesters chanting, “We are all against fascism.”
Protesters carried banners with slogans such as “Racism is not an option” and demanded freedom and equality, condemning the Alternative for Germany party, which they described as anti-immigrant and anti-regime.
German Chancellor Olaf Schultz announced his support for the far-right anti-rights protests, saying – through the X platform – that nationwide demonstrations to demonstrate against hatred “are a strong signal for German democracy and the constitution. “
The 200 demonstrations across Germany followed the shock of a meeting organized by right-wing extremists in Potsdam, near Berlin, last November, at which a project for a mass expulsion campaign of immigrants was discussed.
On January 10, the Corrective Investigative Journalism Network published a leak about a secret party meeting that included a plan to deport millions of immigrants from the country.
It is noteworthy that out of 763 seats in the German Federal Parliament, 78 representatives represent the Alternative Party.