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Protests – After secret meetings in Postdam: Thousands demonstrate against the right in Mainz

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Protests – After secret meetings in Postdam: Thousands demonstrate against the right in Mainz

After the Correctiv network’s revelations about a secret meeting with AfD politicians and right-wing extremists in Potsdam, there were renewed anti-right protests on Thursday. According to the police, more than 5,000 people gathered in Mainz.

After the Correctiv network’s revelations about a secret meeting with AfD politicians and right-wing extremists in Potsdam, there were renewed anti-right protests on Thursday. More than 5,000 demonstrators gathered in Mainz in the evening under the motto “Signs against the right,” as the police announced. The protest march from the Rhineland-Palatinate city’s main train station to the central Gutenbergplatz was peaceful.

In recent days, anti-right rallies with thousands of participants have also taken place in cities such as Cologne, Berlin and Potsdam. The occasion is a secret meeting of AfD politicians, neo-Nazis and entrepreneurs that was revealed last week by the research platform Correctiv. According to the research, they met near Potsdam in November to discuss the expulsion of millions of people with an immigrant background. The revelations are fueling the debate about a possible ban on the AfD.

Former Federal President Joachim Gauck spoke out against a ban on the AfD, citing “legal but also political reasons” and at the same time called for people to oppose the party. “On the one hand, it’s about delegitimizing those who make inhumane and resentment-filled politics,” said Gauck on the Phoenix television station. On the other hand, the AfD’s potential voters would have to be asked whether they were really prepared to support this party’s policies.

Gauck explained that AfD voters longed to “remain familiar” and feared the challenges of a time characterized by crises and wars. “That’s why we would have little success in our fight if we called them all Nazis.” Gauck demanded that politicians “reach out differently” to AfD sympathizers and take their fears seriously.

The former Federal President cited the “communication strategy” of the traffic light coalition in the federal government as the reasons for the AfD’s strengthening. For its part, the Union must “make clearly recognizable conservative offers”.

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