The small town of Kandel was the scene of clashes between anti-Muslim invasion advocates and their far left Antifa-type opponents. Last December, a 15-year-old German teenager was savagely murdered by an Afghan Muslim fake child refugee (photo right), which was the reason for this anti-Muslim immigration demonstration.
DW “Child murderers!” “We want security,” a group of outraged protesters shout at Armin, an artist from the small German town of Kandel. Armin had left a sign for the thousands of demonstrators who descended on his town on Saturday: “Piss off.” “They are exploiting a local tragedy for their own ends,” one of his neighbors says. “We just want to live peacefully together.” (There can never be peace with Muslims)
Banners reading “Safety for us and our children” stood across from others saying “Stand up against racism,” as tensions rose in the packed streets.
The murder she’s referring to is the death of 15-year-old Mia V., who was stabbed to death in front of a local drugstore by her ex-boyfriend, an Afghan refugee, on December 27. After her death, it emerged that she and her parents had gone to the police multiple times to report the man’s aggressive behavior.
Since then, the case has taken on a life of its own – striking a nerve around the country as Germans become increasingly polarized in their attitudes toward Muslim migration.
The case is how this town of only 8,000 inhabitants found itself at the center of four competing demonstrations on Saturday. Thousands of protestors representing dozens of groups filled the tight medieval streets, from groups as diverse as the far-left “Antifa” (anti-fascist) and the youth wing of the Green party, to the neo-Nazi NPD and the far-right Reichsbürger movement.
“We are protecting ourselves and our children from Muslim migrants,” a member of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party who came all the way from Heidelberg said. “The politicians have failed us. I don’t feel safe letting my 16-year-old daughter go out on her own at night.”
She is one of the many women who’ve come to protest, far more than one usually sees an at AfD convention or a far-right rally.
Around her is a dense crowd carrying German flags and banners reading “you turned our children into sheep then invited in the wolves.” After a speech from AfD state lawmaker Christina Baum, they begin to chant “Resist! Resist!”
Far-left Antifa demonstrators, faces covered, brought up the rear, chanting “Nazis out! Together against racism!”
It was the AfD, together with a “women’s rights” group called “Kandel ist überall,” (Kandel is everywhere) that called the original demonstration, calling on supporters from all over Germany to join in the march – and come they did, from Bavaria, from Dresden, from Berlin.