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Far-right NPD on the campaign trail

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Germany’s far-right NPD party has launched a drive to win more seats in Saxony’s regional elections scheduled for Sunday.

The NPD already has two seats in the regional parliament after garnering 9.2 per cent of the vote during elections in 2004. The party’s organisers believe support for the NPD’s policies is growing. Holger Apel, the regional NPD leader said: “Saxony will pave the way for general elections. We are doing everything we can at regional level to boost the NPD’s fortunes and I am confident the party’s supporters can have the same impact in a general election at national level.” Regional elections are due to take place in three German states, Saxony (Sachsen) and Thuringen in the east, and Saarland in the West. The NPD is expected to get less than five per cent of the vote but the scale of its election campaign has raised questions about its funding. Eighty thousand posters have gone up in Saxony’s towns and cities forcing opponents to take notice: Grit Hanneforth of the cultural office in Saxony said: “Big parts of the population more and more see the NPD as a normal party, but they are not, it is clearly an extreme-right party which wants to build a dictatorship and maybe abolish the constitution.” In Thuringen, the NPD led by Udo Voigt, is campaigning against black Christian Democrat candidate Zeca Schall. A CDU spokesman said Schall, who is under police protection, would not be cowed by extremist threats.