Nearly a million refugees, mostly male, mostly from Middle Eastern and African countries, poured into Germany in 2015. Another 280,000 arrived in 2016.
The influx forever changed the very fabric of Germany. And with the election for chancellor set for less than a month from now — Sept. 24 — things are getting very dicey for incumbent Angela Merkel.
“German Chancellor Angela Merkel was heckled twice on Tuesday by right-wing anti-immigrant protesters as she stubbornly defended her open-door refugee policy, one of the most contested issues in the country’s upcoming federal election,” RT reported.
Members of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party booed Merkel, the top candidate of the Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) at an election campaign rally in the town of Bitterfeld-Wolfen, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
“Merkel must go away”, “Protect basic law from Merkel” and “I used to be CDU voter, today I want to see Mrs. Merkel in court,” were the welcoming chants from AfD supporters in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, the Leipziger Volkszeitung reported.
The noise and interjections did not stop during her 30-minute speech either, especially when she touched on the subject of refugees.
Bitterfeld-Wolfen, a town with around 40,000 residents, is regarded as a high fortress of AfD voters in Germany. During the 2016 state elections, after nearly 1 million migrants arrived in Germany in 2015, AfD attracted 31.9 percent of the votes in Saxony-Anhalt.
The issue of migration has divided German society for nearly two years now, but it has become especially acute ahead of the federal elections which are scheduled for September 24.
The crowd got pretty boisterous when she defended her open-door policy.
All that whistling on the video was actually people … whistling, UK’s Express newspaper wrote.
A huge part of the 1,500-strong crowd whistled and booed Chancellor Merkel as she attempted to deliver an election campaign speech in Brandenburg City.
Footage shows a large group of people angrily yelling “get out, get out,” drowning out Mrs Merkel’s voice.
The demonstration was organised by members of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) and National Democratic Party (NDP).
Right now, Merkel’s party stands at just more than 38% in the polls, The Telegraph reports.