The state association of the AfD needs to be followed more closely. In particular, contacts with the extreme right-wing environment should be investigated by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Saxony.

According to media reports, the Saxon constitutional protection wants to focus more on the state association of the AfD and make it a suspicious case. After investigation by “Süddeutscher Zeitung”, NDR and WDR, the news service informed Minister of the Interior Roland Wöller (CDU). According to information from the “Sächsische Zeitung” on Wednesday, a corresponding investigation by the authorities has been completed and the results are now available to the Ministry of the Interior.

This would allow the AfD to be monitored with the help of intelligence agencies. Background include contacts of party members in the extreme right-wing environment. The State Office for the Protection of the Constitution (LfV) does not comment on suspicious cases, so the reports have not been confirmed.

The left-wing politician Kerstin Köditz, considered a connoisseur of the far-right scene, was not surprised by the report: “It is too late,” she told the German news agency in Dresden. Since September 2018 at the latest, it would be time to take a closer look at the AfD.

AfD march in Chemnitz

At the time, AfD officials marched through Chemnitz along with neo-Nazis after a German was killed in an argument with refugees in the city. According to Köditz, the AfD in Saxony has not made any demarcation of neo-Nazis and criminals. Two years have now been wasted.

According to the report by “Süddeutscher Zeitung”, NDR and WDR, the LfV Sachsen apparently wants to respond to developments in the state party in which members of the nationalist movement have recently gained the upper hand. Specifically, there should be reliable indications of right-wing extremist references, especially among three AfD members of the state parliament. These should refer to their own statements and to their connections with organizations, he said. In the case of three other MPs, the protection of the constitution would be at least such a presumption.

At the beginning of October, the LfV had already designated the Saxon AfD member of the Bundestag Jens Maier as a right-wing extremist. The agency justifies this with Maier’s membership in his party’s extremist “wing”, which has since been officially disbanded.

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