Germany: Dozens protest as reelected Brandenburg AfD chief Kalbitz speaks at demo in Prenzlau

Dozens of anti-fascists gathered for a counter-protest in the town of Prenzlau on Sunday, as the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party staged a demo where recently reelected Brandenburg AfD leader Andreas Kalbitz spoke. The protesters held banners and signs with messages such as «Your racism kills! #Kassel #Halle #Hanau #Celle» in reference to the far-right events in those cities and «Nationalism kills, yesterday and today. Amadeu Antonio Kiowa 06.12.90,» referring to Kiowa, one of the first victims of racist violence after reunification. About 100 antifascists gathered to protest against the event, outnumbering the roughly 70 people in attendance at the second AfD demonstration within six weeks in Prenzlau. Kalbitz was expelled by the AfD's federal executive committee in May, for taking part in activities of the Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend (HDJ), a banned extreme right organisation, but a Berlin court declared this invalid on Friday, June 20. On Tuesday the AfD group in Brandenburg's state parliament reelected him as its chairman, a position he had been forced to step down from after being expelled from the party. The far-right politician still faces an internal party tribunal on removing him from the AfD that is set to take place in at the end of July.

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