German anti-immigrant groups have been quick to respond to the murderous attacks in Paris saying they are proof of the significant threat posed by Islamists and the extent to which mainstream parties have tried to downplay the dangers.
Pegida, or Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Western World, a right-wing populist group which has been gaining support in weekly demonstrations since October, said in a statement that the attacks confirmed their views.
“The Islamists, which Pegida has been warning about for 12 weeks, showed France that they are not capable of democracy, but instead look to violence and death as an answer,” it said in a statement on its Facebook page.
“Our politicians want us to believe the opposite. Must such a tragedy happen here in Germany first???”…
…But Volker Kauder, chair of Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, condemned the AfD’s comments as “filth” and accused the group of exploiting the attacks.
“Exploiting attacks”! What a joke. As if no leftist pol ever exploited current affairs for gain.