PEGIDA, AFD refute accusations of Nazism, vow more pressure on Merkel

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:35 AM PT — Wed. Sept. 12, 2018

The Angela Merkel cabinet is ramping up its crackdown on patriotic protests in East Germany. Officials from the political establishment have accused the protesters in Saxon towns of Koethen and Chemnitz of being Nazis inciting hatred and xenophobia.

“Xenophobia, xenophobia, Hitler salutes, Nazi symbols, attacks on Jewish institutions: for all this, there must be no leniency or sympathetic trivialization,” stated Wolfgang Schaeuble, President of German Parliament.

Both PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident) and AFD (Alternative for Germany) rejected such allegations, saying their rallies are against migrant crime and security challenges posed by mass migration.

FILE – In this Oct. 5, 2015 file photo protestors hold a sign ‘Islam the suicide of Europe’ during a demonstration of PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West) in Dresden, eastern Germany. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

Meanwhile, rally participants said they are concerned the Islamic migrants behind the killings in Chemnitz and Koethen could avoid justice.

This comes after officials said the 22-year-old victim in Koethen died of a heart attack not of the beating he received from the two Afghan suspects.

“ANTIFA is the movement which has actually even attacked us AFD parliament members and also at counter-demos — the violence is worrying,” stated Alice Weidel, co-leader of AFD.

PEGIDA and AFD have since ramped up their calls to stop Islamic mass migration. Citizens all across East Germany said it’s time to form a patriotic coalition in Bundestag and remove Merkel from office.