German city of Dresden declares ‘Nazi emergency’

DRESDEN, Germany (CNN) — This German city has declared a “Nazi emergency” after years of “right-wing extremist, racist” activity in the city, a local councilor says.

Dresden city councilors have passed a resolution warning that the far-right was growing in strength in the eastern German city.

“The word ‘Nazinotstand’ is an exaggerated formulation for the fact that there is a serious problem — similar to the climate emergency — with right-wing extremism right up to the middle of society,” Max Aschenbach, councilor for the satirist Die Partei (The Party), told CNN.

Aschenbach, who tabled the motion, told CNN the move was symbolic and would have no legal consequences, but that it served to highlight the threat posed by the far right in Dresden.

Dresden is where the the PEGIDA movement (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West) first emerged in 2013, and regular rallies are still held in the city.

Anti-immigrant sentiment runs high in the state of Saxony, of which Dresden is the capital: The Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) won 27.5% of the vote in this year’s state election.

The AfD became the first far-right party to enter Germany’s national parliament in almost 60 years when it came in third place overall in federal elections in 2017.

Aschenbach said his resolution, which was put forward to show commitment to a “democratic, open, pluralistic society,” was put to a vote by Dresden’s city council on Wednesday, and passed by 39 votes to 29.

“For years, politicians have failed to position themselves clearly and unequivocally against the right-wing extremists, and to outlaw them,” Aschenbach told CNN, adding that he wanted Dresden’s city council to support citizens’ initiatives, education and culture in the city.

A representative for the center-right Christian Democratic Union party, which voted against the resolution, called it an “intended provocation.”

Jan Donhauser, chairman of the CDU group on Dresden council, told CNN there was no state of emergency, and that the wording of the resolution was damaging to the city’s international reputation.

“The choice of words in the title of the application does not do justice to the realities in our city: the vast majority of Dresdeners are neither right-wing extremists nor anti-democratic,” he said.

CNN’s Sheena McKenzie contributed to this report.

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9 comments

  • Ej

    If your against you city state or country being flooded with terrorists you are a right wing extremists ? This article comes from the communist news network (CNN) which is all propaganda all the time and they are doing the globalist bidding calling a city who cares about their safety from roaming rape gangs and murders is a bad thing.

    • Dan Smith

      You do know what a Nazi is, right? They are, by definition, right-wing, anti-Semitic facists/racists. You know, the same people we kindly killed off in WW2, to stop the spread of eugenics and the slaughter of 6 million+ Jews?

      Wow, you’re a special kind of stupid.

      • Ken

        You do know that “nazi” is a German contraction based on “national” “SOCIALIST”. That makes them firmly on the left. You might try a history book or two, preferably something written in the previous century. I’ll save name calling for children.

  • big ott

    So instead of talking to the people to find common ground and a peaceful resolution, we call them names, label them, and declare them unwelcome in society. America is setting a Fine example to th World and CNN makes sure to broadcast it.

    • Dan Smith

      What happened the last time Nazi’s tried to find “common ground” with the Jewish population in Germany?

      It surely wasn’t a “peaceful resolution” and, in fact, we eliminated a great number of them in WW2. Your parents/grandparents should be ashamed of your extreme ignorance.

      • J.B.

        Sorry Dan,
        When 3 white guys jaywalking across the street from a protected “political” minority,
        Suddenly equals a huge spontaneous Nazi white nationalist hate mob to the triggered left wingers.
        I really think the word “Nazi” has lost pretty much all of its original meaning and intent.
        Just because someone disagrees with you…does not automatically mean that they are a “Nazi” or a “Hate group”.
        Sorry.

        P.S.
        “Your parents/grandparents should be ashamed of your extreme ignorance.”
        That is a really pretty rich statement considering the source material.
        .

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