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Germany's AfD drops election venue over threats

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Germany's AfD drops election venue over threats
The AfD's Jörg Meuthen and member of Brandenburg state parliament Andreas Kalbitz at a EU elections event in Magdeburg on May 1st. Photo: DPA
08:12 CEST+02:00
Far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) had plans for a European Parliament election night party upended Monday, saying it would pull out of the Berlin venue after "massive threats from left-wing terrorists" against the operator.

"Since the operator of the event space, her family, her neighbours and her employees were massively threatened by left-wing terrorists, (the AfD) was forced to cancel the contract for the election celebration at short notice," the party said in a statement.

The event had been primed to offer top leaders, including head of the AfD's EP list Jörg Meuthen and co-leader Alexander Gauland, a stage to comment on the EU-wide vote and regional elections in city-state Bremen scheduled for Sunday.

But at the weekend, the building was smeared with paint and employees received "innumerable" threats by phone, while a letter to the operator vowed "vengeance", the AfD said.

Berlin police told AFP that the party had reported telephone threats, but that "so far, no report of property damage" had been submitted.

AfD, the biggest opposition party in the federal Bundestag (lower house), has not completely cancelled its party, saying it will continue to search for an alternative location.

Polls suggest the group will garner around 12 percent of the vote in the European election, placing it fourth.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives are expected to score around 30  percent, the Greens around 19 and the centre-left social democrats (SPD)17 percent.

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Robert - 21 May 2019 18:23
After all the hate-mongering, outright violence and abusive behaviour that the left has taken to new heights in the last two years on this side of the Atlantic, I don't think the phrase Left-wing terrorism really warrants quotations as if it's not a very real phenomenon of today's political landscape.
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