On Sunday, around 5,000 supporters of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) walked through Berlin, however, they were vigorously dwarfed by anti-AfD exhibitions, including one from the club scene of the city which blasted techno music over the capital.
The anti-immigration movement of the AfD, anti-Muslim, and anti-European Union messages helped it turn into the third biggest gathering in the German Bundestag after the vote last September however it has had only little effects on the parliamentary civil argument from that point forward.
The AfD demonstrators were transported in from towns across Germany. They walked from the primary station of Berlin, down the banks of the Spree waterway to the Brandenburg Gate that is close to the German parliament.
However, there were approximately 20,000 anti-AfD protesters- as indicated by the estimates that were made by the police – the greater part of them are more young individuals, featuring the divisions that have risen in Germany since the refugee crisis of 2015.
Alexander Gauland, an AfD pioneer addressed the supporters at the rally close to the Brandenburg Gate, where the said walk finished. He stated: “Our children, our country, our future: that is why we are here and we are the only party with this program.”.
The party was established in 2013 as a party that is against the European Union. It reorganised itself with an anti-immigration position following the decision of Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, to open the borders of Germany to over a million refugees in 2015.
The older supporters of the AfD waved the flags of Germany and the AfD and carried placards urging for “Majority rule government, not Merkelatorship.”
No less than 13 enlisted counter-demonstrations were organised by Berliners as a reaction to the protests of the AFD supporters. These included one that was organised by the club scene of the city, which held a techno music party, that intends to “Bass the AfD away” with music blasting from speakers on 20 open address trucks.
In an interview, Rosa, an extremist, said to RBB open TV: “We want to be loud enough to drown out the racist speeches.” The crashing techno beat resounded over the downtown area on Sunday afternoon.
Another gathering of anti-AfD protesters was held on a boat on the Spree river holding up placards saying “You stink!”
Currently, the AfD is the biggest opposition party following the arrangement between the conservatives of Merkel and the Social Democrats to renew their grand coalition.
Subsequently, the AfD has a large host of powerful committee chairmanships, however, so far, it was not able to capitalise on them.
The protests that were held on Sunday were extensively tranquil, with just a single minor damage reported in the midst of an overwhelming presence of the police.