Germany: AfD chief takes threat of party surveillance 'very seriously'

Co-leader of Germany's right-wing party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), Alice Weidel said she took the threat of surveillance by Germany's State Office for the Protection of the Constitution «very seriously,» while speaking at a press conference alongside second party co-leader Alex Gauland and Member of the Bundestag Bernd Baumann in Berlin on Tuesday. «We take this question very seriously... Еще,» Weidel said, and added that they would be discussing «legal and organisational» counterstrategies, as well as measures at the «public, communicative» level. Gauland commented on AfD rallies being attended by right-wing extremists, and said: «We need to be careful that people we don't want around us aren't included in demonstrations we organise, that is completely correct.» The AfD has come under fire in light of the recent right-wing, anti-migrant riots and which occurred in Chemnitz at the end of August and the demonstrations which followed. Vice-President of the Bundestag Thomas Oppermann called for their observation by the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution after AfD member Bjorn Hocke joined a rally in the aftermath of the riots alongside the anti-Islam PEGIDA group.

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