Locals were supportive as the Nuremberg Christmas market was opened by the traditional Christ Child, played this year by 17-year-old Beningna Munsi, on Friday.
Munsi was attacked in a now deleted Facebook post by the local chapter of the far right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party when she was chosen for the role earlier in the month.
After a jury unanimously picked the 17-year-old German... Еще citizen, the AfD's Munich branch posted on Facebook that Germany will one day «go the way of the Indians,» referring to her father's Indian heritage and presumably to the plight of the Native Americans in the US.
Residents spoke of their outrage towards the AfD and right-wing attitudes towards Munsi, calling it «wrong,» and the AfD «stupid.»
«I think it's great that she won it and that she did such a good job today,» said one resident.
The AfD has reportedly apologised for the post.