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3 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Dresden: The German city that declared a ‘Nazi emergency

BBC, Dresden
Dresden: The German city that declared a ‘Nazi emergency
The anti-Islam Pegida movement began in Dresden in 2014. AFP photo

A city in eastern Germany has declared a “Nazi emergency”, saying it has a serious problem with the far right.

Dresden, the capital of Saxony, has long been viewed as a bastion of the far-right and is the birthplace of the anti-Islam Pegida movement.

Councillors in the city - a contender for the 2025 European Capital of Culture - have now approved a resolution saying more needs to be done to tackle the issue. But opponents say it goes too far.

“’Nazinotstand’ means - similar to the climate emergency - that we have a serious problem.

The open democratic society is threatened,” local councillor Max Aschenbach, who tabled the motion, told the BBC.

Mr Aschenbach, from left-leaning satirical political party Die Partei, said he believed it was necessary to take action because politicians were not doing enough to “position themselves clearly” against the far-right.

“The request was an attempt to change that. I also wanted to know what kind of people I’m sitting with in the city council of Dresden,” he said.

The resolution acknowledges that “right-wing extremist attitudes and actions... are occurring with increasing frequency” and calls on the city to help victims of far-right violence, protect minorities and strengthen democracy.

Mr Aschenbach said adopting the motion showed the city council’s commitment to fostering “a free, liberal, democratic society that protects minorities and resolutely opposes Nazis.”

Mr Aschenbach’s resolution was put to a vote by Dresden’s city council on Wednesday night.

It was approved by 39 votes to 29, with Germany’s governing Christian Democrats (CDU) among those to have rejected it, according to local media reports.The CDU described the resolution as “pure political symbolism” and said the strong wording was a “linguistic error”, German news agency DPA reported.

 

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