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AfD calls out fake news: ‘This script is taken from a madhouse’

Alice Weidel, the co-leader of the Alternative for Germany party, the anti-immigration and anti-Islamisation AfD, called out the Merkel administration in response to the recent fake news after events in the eastern German city of Chemnitz.

Published: September 8, 2018, 10:24 am

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    The lie about foreigners being hunted down that Chancellor Merkel and her press spokesperson Steffen Seibert put out, has become a full blown government and media scandal.

    Weidel addressed the prevarications – either deliberate lies, or inadvertent falsehoods – about what happened during the recent demonstrations in Chemnitz. “The police in Chemnitz have no knowledge of anyone being hunted down; nevertheless, Merkel and Seibert stand by their claim,” Weidel said.

    It has now been definitively established, by both local and national law enforcement authorities, that no “right-wing extremists” had chased down or hunted any migrants.

    Yet Chancellor Angela Merkel and her spokesperson continue to repeat their ficticious account of events.

    Merkel and Seibert are doubling down against the facts and stubbornly cling to their claim that at the demonstrations, after the knife murder of Daniel H by an asylum seeker, foreigners were being stalked.

    Until this day no evidence has been provided.  Countering the fake news from the chancellery, Torsten Kleditzsch, the editor of the Chemnitz Free Press, says there were no events that one could label as hunting.

    “We didn’t witness any stalking,” he said. His reporters, the only ones on location, can verify this from their own experience.

    These reports have made no impression on either Merkel or Seibert. Moreover, Wolfgang Klein, the spokesman for the Attorney General in Saxony confirmed, upon request, that evidence provided does not show stalking took place in Chemnitz.

    And Saxony’s Minister President Michael Kretschmer explained in the Saxon Parliament, “There was no mob, no stalking, no pogrom.”

    The Chancellor chose to believe extreme left Antifa agitators that provided her with enough propaganda to slander Chemnitz and all of Saxony with a negative campaign.

    “Instead of admitting their mistakes, she remains self-righteous in her false assertions and as a result continues to destroy Germany’s image in the eyes of the entire world,” Weidel said.

    “This is a script taken from the madhouse!” Weidel added.

    “Stop dragging your own countrymen through the dirt, Mrs. Merkel! Fire your press secretary and formally apologize to the city of Chemnitz and your fellow citizens in Saxony. Until that happens, there is no need for you to show your face there.”

    The deputy chairman from Merkel’s own party in the Bundestag, Arnold Vaatz (CDU), has meanwhile sharply criticised government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

    CSU regional party chief Alexander Dobrindt also complained in the same session that “people are being equated with Nazis who are demonstrating peacefully and are then put into the right-wing extremist corner with false cross-sectional images in the daily headlines”. He alluded to fake news headlines with footage from another demonstration equated to Pegida and the AfD.

    There is often “an indignation about the indignant” and not about the murder of Daniel H, said Dobrindt.

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