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More Than 1.4 Million People In Germany Are Holding Huge Protests Against The Far-Right Party In The Country

Millions of people are protestig against the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) and its plan to mass deport millions of refugees and immigrants, including those with citizenship.

More than 1.4 million people in Germany are holding huge protests against the far-right party in the country.

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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.

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Demonstrators hold up placards reading ‘Rather to show solidarity instead of being solid Aryan’ and ‘Fuck Nazis’ as they protest during a rally under the motto ‘We are the firewall’ called for by international non-profit organisation ‘Hand in Hand’ against right-wing politics in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany on February 3, 2024. (Photo by Adam BERRY / AFP)

According to the report, the groups had discussed a “master plan” to deport millions of refugees and immigrants, including those with citizenship, from Germany.

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It also suggested deporting “unassimilated citizens” to a “model state” in Northern Africa during the meeting on Nov. 25.

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The report caused public outcry, especially considering the AfD has grown to become the second most popular party in Germany since 2023.

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A woman holds up a placard in the shape of a brown pile of poo emoji as activists from different groups demonstrate against right extremism and the policy of Germany’s far-right the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. (Photo by Adam BERRY / AFP)

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.

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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.

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People gather to protest against the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party on January 21, 2024 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

AfD acknowledged that some of its members were present in the meetings but denied it was involved in discussing deportations.

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People take part in a protest against right extremism and the policy of Germany’s far-right the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, a demonstration called by the initiative ‘Stand up Against Racism’ in Berlin, eastern Germany. (Photo by CHRISTIAN MANG / AFP)
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A man holds up a placard “Keep your environment clean” during a demonstration against right extremism and the policy of Germany’s far-right the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in Cologne, western Germany. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

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.

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People gather to protest against the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party on January 21, 2024 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

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