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Protests flare as far-right AfD wins seats in German parliament

Demonstrators marched in Berlin and other cities, outraged at the party's historic election success

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Protests flare as far-right AfD wins seats in German parliament

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Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the election night headquarters of the AfD on Sunday, to voice their rage at the far-right German party entering parliament for the first time.

Demonstrators at Berlin’s Alexanderplatz Square chanted slogans, labelling those inside the building ‘Nazi pigs’. Bottles were thrown and there were scuffles with the police.

A number of arrests were made.







Berlin, REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke



And it wasn’t just in Berlin that anger flared.

There were protests, too, in Frankfurt and Cologne, with those marching reflecting outrage at the hardline stance of the AfD whose leaders have said Islam has no place in the country and that Germans should take pride in what their soldiers achieved during the Second World War.

Amid the protests, France’s far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen congratulated the AfD, saying its breakthrough result was a sign that the people of Europe are waking up.



with Reuters