Mobilization in the former GDR against electoral "pacts" with the far right

Erfurt (Germany) (hooly News) – The election of the president of Thuringia thanks to the extreme right has caused an earthquake in Germany: thousands of people will demonstrate Saturday in Erfurt, capital of this region of the former GDR paralyzed by the recomposition current policy.

Some 10,000 people are expected on Saturday afternoon for this mobilization under the slogan "Not with us, no pact with the fascists: never and nowhere!"

The demonstration is organized by NGOs, artists, trade unionists and political leaders, united in the #Unteilbar alliance ("indivisible" in French) and supported by numerous movements such as Fridays for Future or Bund.

Liberal Thomas Kemmerich's surprise election on February 5, thanks to the united voices of the conservative right and the far right, had already provoked a number of spontaneous rallies throughout Germany.

– "End of a taboo" –

Faced with outcry, this candidate of the small liberal FDP party threw in the towel 24 hours after his election by a very small majority. But for the organizers of the demonstration, the damage is done.

"This election marks the end of a taboo," was moved in the German press Maximilian Becker, spokesperson for the alliance. "We want to show that what is happening in Thuringia will not go unanswered."

Sign of the tension throughout the country, several FDP premises have become for several days the target of attacks throughout Germany, reports the Spiegel.

Especially since the Alternative for Germany (AfD), the far-right party created in 2013, intends to continue to dynamite the German political game. In Thuringia, the institutions have thus been paralyzed for more than a week.

The extreme right, accused by Angela Merkel of wanting to "destroy democracy", now threatens to cast its votes, in the event of a new election at the head of this landlocked region, over Bodo Ramelow. This personality of the radical left was at the head of the region until 2019 and categorically refuses any contribution of voice from the other end of the political spectrum.

Non-AfD parties are scheduled to meet in Erfurt on Monday to find a way out of this crisis. New elections? Minority coalition? Several options are on the table to govern this region, concentrated of the uncertainties which cross the German electoral landscape.

The shock wave of this political crisis also continues to spread beyond the borders of the Land, in a Germany facing the end, at the latest in 2021, of the Angela Merkel era, in power for 14 years.

– "Funeral parade" –

It thus caused the fall of the runner-up of Angela Merkel, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who gave up the race for the chancellery, failing to be obeyed by executives of his party.

Certain members of the conservative CDU party, in particular in the regions of former East Germany, are indeed tempted by a rapprochement with the extreme right, which is particularly powerful in these regions.

The rhetoric of the AfD goes well in the former communist GDR, economically poorer. In Thuringia, the average annual income thus amounted to 35,701 euros in 2018, against 42,962 euros on average in Germany, according to the Statistics Office.

If unemployment is barely higher than the federal rate (5.3% against 5%), Thuringia suffers from being neglected by the young generations and a serious birth deficit. More than one in four inhabitants (25.7%) are over the age of 65 (21.5% in Germany).

This mobilization against the extreme right also intervenes in full commemorations of the liberation of the Nazi camps and the bombing of the city of Dresden 75 years ago.

Nearly 1,500 neo-Nazi activists, and numerous counter-demonstrators, are thus expected on Saturday, under close police surveillance, in this city of Saxony on Saturday. They will march in a "funeral march" cultivating the myth of a "martyr city", unjustly sacrificed by the Allies.