Calling for the use of the military against the Muslim invasion of Germany, the populist Alternative for Germany (AFD) party had their conference in Stuttgart delayed by several hundred Leftist and Muslim protesters who were trying to block access to those attending the AFD conference.
RT The violence continued for around four hours. The left wing protesters threw flares, while they set car tires alight, while there were also scuffles between the demonstrators and the police. Around 400 people were arrested for violent behavior including throwing stones at officers and attacking them with explosives.
In the run-up to the party conference, the AfD said Islam isn’t compatible with the German constitution. The party also wants to ban mosques and burqas from Germany.
“Islam is in itself a political ideology that is not compatible with the constitution,” AfD deputy leader Beatrix von Storch told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, as cited by Reuters. “We are in favor of a ban on mosques, on muezzins and a ban on full veils,” she added.
The AfD has attacked Chancellor Angela Merkel for her open stance on letting refugees enter Germany. Last year, around 1.1 million migrants from the Middle East and Africa settled in Germany. Hansjoerg Mueller, an official at the AfD’s Bavarian branch spoke to RT in April and said that the majority of refugees coming to Germany are not fleeing war zones, but are merely looking for money and handouts without having to work for it.
However, a German Muslim leader compared the AfD’s stance towards Muslims as similar to Hitler’s policies towards the Jews. “It is the first time since Hitler’s Germany that a whole religious community is discredited and existentially threatened,”Aiman Mazyek, head of Germany’s Central Council of Muslims, told Germany’s NDR public television, according to Reuters.