“Far-right” demonstrators face off with counter-protesters in wake of girl’s murder

“Child murderers!” a group of right-wing protesters shout at Armin, an artist from the small German town of Kandel. Armin had left a sign for the thousands of demonstrators who descended on his town on Sunday: “Piss off.”

“They are exploiting a local tragedy for their own ends,” one of his neighbors says. “We just want to live peacefully together.”

The tragedy she’s referring to is the death of 15-year-old Mia V., who was stabbed to death in front of a local drugstore by her ex-boyfriend, an Afghan refugee, on December 27. After her death, it emerged that she and her parents had gone to the police multiple times to report the man’s aggressive behavior.

Wanting to protect your children is now “far right”?