Dresdan, Nov 2 The German city of Dresdan has declared a “Nazi emergency”, saying it has a serious problem with the far right.Dresden has long been linked to growing far-right movements in Germany.
The resolution was approved 38 to 29, with Germany’s governing Christian Democrats (CDU) – which has Chancellor Angela Merkel at the helm – among those who rejected it, according to local media.
Councillor Max Aschenbach from satirical political party Die Partei, which proposed the resolution, told local media: “We have a Nazi problem in Dresden and have to do something about it.
“Politics must finally begin to ostracize that and say: No, that’s unacceptable.”
The party reportedly described the resolution as “pure political symbolism” and said that the strong wording was a “linguistic error,” German news agency DPA reported.
“‘Nazinotstand’ means – similar to the climate emergency – that we have a serious problem. The open democratic society is threatened,” local councillor Max Aschenbach, who tabled the motion.
Aschenbach, from left-leaning satirical political party Die Partei, said he believed it was necessary to take action because politicians were not doing enough to “position themselves clearly” against the far-right.
The resolution calls on the city and civil society organizations to strengthen democratic culture and to focus on “the causes and consequences of anti-Semitism, racism, and position of extreme right to restore trust in democratic institutions and the appreciation of diversity and respectful solidarity,” according to DW.
The resolution acknowledges that “right-wing extremist attitudes and actions… are occurring with increasing frequency” and calls on the city to help victims of far-right violence, protect minorities and strengthen democracy.