UPDATED 7:33 AM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020
German right-wing party ‘Alternative for Germany’ (AfD) recently marked 75 years since the allied bombings in the city of Dresden. Hundreds of AfD supporters rallied in central Dresden Thursday to commemorate the victims of allied airstrikes.
Members of patriotic front Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident) and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended the demonstration as well.
In February of 1945, British and American aviation attacked the German garrison of Dresden. Up to 25,000 civilians were killed in carpet bombings as a result of the attack.
President Steinmeier urged Germans to “defend democracy” in the country, so that the horrors of WWII never happen again.
“Today we commemorate all victims of genocide, war and violence, and we commemorate together with our opponents of war in former times,” he stated. “I am grateful for the reconciliation and friendship that brings our countries together today…this friendship goes deeper than all the major and minor differences of everyday political life.”
The AfD rally was marked by heavy police presence, while far-left counter-protesters held their own events nearby.
— Diane (@MadameDiana) February 14, 2020