The alliance “Not a meter to the Nazis” organized a demonstration against the AfD in Münster on Saturday:
More than 2,000 people took part in the protests against the district party conference and the office of the extreme right-wing »Alternative for Germany« in Münster. The alliance “Not a meter to the Nazis”, an anti-fascist association of trade union, civil society groups, anti-fascist initiatives and political parties, had called for the protests under the motto “No place for racism, nationalism and social exclusion”. (…)
“The AfD propagates racism, nationalism and social exclusion – the consequences of this are incitement, threats and violence,” said Carsten Peters, spokesman for the “Not a Meter” alliance, “we oppose that. With us there will be no normalization of an extreme right-wing party like the AfD in Münster. «After the protests in front of the town hall, a demonstration grew to (…) more than 2,000 participants, which moved via the city center and the roundabout to the southern district. There, the “Initiative Südviertel – no neighborhood with the AfD”, an association of residents of the district, has been protesting for more than a year with creative actions and monthly vigils against the party’s office in Leostraße 16. (…) The demonstration ended with a speech by the Initiative Südviertel in front of the AfD office. The alliance announced further protests against the AfD. “The AfD is again inviting you to its New Year’s reception in the town hall on February 7th, and of course we will also organize a broad protest against this event,” announced Peters, “diverse, solidary and determined: we won’t give way to the extreme right!”
On Saturday, Caritas International drew attention to the fact that the political and economic situation in Haiti in the Caribbean state continues to be devastating ten years after the severe earthquake on January 12, 2010:
(…) At least 250,000 people were killed and more than 1.8 million people were left homeless. The disaster struck the poorest country in the western hemisphere, which has been suffering from political instability and economic crises for decades – even today.
»We are watching the current situation in Haiti with concern. People are desperately looking for perspectives to escape poverty, which leads to great unrest. There is always the risk of civil war. With regard to political mismanagement, there is unfortunately little hope that the situation will change for the better in the near future, «said Peter Neher, President of the German Caritas Association. “Corruption and violence are rampant, and not all damage to the earthquake has yet been remedied. It’s a sad anniversary. ”Neher urged the international community to use political pressure to push ruling elites in Haiti to uphold the principles of good governance. (…)