German city declares ‘Nazi emergency’ as far-right violence and extremism increases
A German city has officially declared a “Nazi emergency” after seeing an increase in far-right extremism.
Councillors in Dresden said they passed the resolution to protect minorities against dangerous views and rising violence.
Officials became uneasy when far-right groups like PEGIDA and Alternative for Germany gained more support in the city, Deutsche Welle reported.
Die Partei councillor Max Aschenbach, whose party brought forward the resolution, said: “We have a Nazi problem in Dresden and have to do something about it.”
He added in an interview with the BBC: “‘Nazinotstand’ means – similar to the climate emergency – that we have a serious problem. The open democratic society is threatened.”
The resolution won cross-party support, with members of the Greens, Left Party, Social Democrats and Free Democrats backing it.
The policy statement said: “Anti-democratic, anti-pluralist, misanthropic and right-wing extremist attitudes and actions, including violence in Dresden, are occurring with increasing frequency”.