More than 1.4 million people in Germany are holding huge protests against the far-right party in the country.
The protests started in mid-January after an investigation revealed a secret meeting between members of the far-right Alternative for Germany – or AfD – party and neo-nazis.
According to the report, the groups had discussed a “master plan” to deport millions of refugees and immigrants, including those with citizenship, from Germany.
It also suggested deporting “unassimilated citizens” to a “model state” in Northern Africa during the meeting on Nov. 25.
The report caused public outcry, especially considering the AfD has grown to become the second most popular party in Germany since 2023.
Between Jan. 19 to 21, more than 1.4 million people took to the streets across Germany to demonstrate against far-right extremism, according to activist groups.
On Feb. 3, at least 200,000 people then rallied outside German parliament in Berlin under the slogan “we are the firewall” to voice their opposition against the far-right.
AfD acknowledged that some of its members were present in the meetings but denied it was involved in discussing deportations.
Founded in 2013, the AfD started gaining popularity in 2015 with its strong anti-refugee and anti-immigrant stances, and was first elected into the Bundestag – the German parliament in 2017.