The protests against fascism in Germany are continuing the trend of mobilisation against the far right seen earlier in Spain and Poland, say the co-chairs of the European Green Party.
Hundreds of thousands of people are protesting after Correctiv revealed a secret conspiracy by right-wing extremists, including politicians from Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), to organise mass deportations of asylum seekers and German citizens with migrant roots. The number of protesters is growing, and new demonstrations are planned across the country.
Co-chairs of the European Green Party Mélanie Vogel and Thomas Waitz comment: "The far right wants to destroy democracy, and change the way you live, love and think. All democratic forces must work together to protect peace, democracy and rule of law. Times may seem dark. But when citizens rise up, much is possible. Six months ago, Spanish citizens turned out in record numbers to fend off a government coalition of the Partido Popular (EPP) and the far-right Vox (ECR), and they succeeded. In October the Polish people voted out the hardline PiS (ECR) government."
In 20 weeks' time, the European elections will give every adult citizen the chance to say what kind of society they want. “If we want to protect our democracy, now is the time to take action, organise events, mobilize our friends and family. All we need is courage. And today, tens of thousands of people in Germany are showing that they have precisely that courage", conclude Mélanie Vogel and Thomas Waitz.
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