Germany: Merkel advocates support for refugees at election campaign rally

Hundreds of people gathered at Apolda's Garden Show in Thuringia, Thursday, to listen to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a CDU campaign rally. The rally was taking place as part of the run up to the upcoming federal election on September 24th. During her speech, she stressed that only peaceful, political and diplomatic solutions in the worldwide disputes would be successful and she... Еще vowed to support such a process. She further stressed that years such as 2015, referring to the refugee crisis, could not be repeated and stood for on-the-ground support in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. About a dozen anti-Merkel protesters were among the audience, disrupting the rally with chants branding Merkel a 'liar' and a 'traitor' amongst other insults. Merkel smiled but did not engage with the protesters any further. Outside the venue, about 25 Thuegida protesters, a split group of the Pegida movement, held a rally against Merkel's visit while others demanded her imprisonment.

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