A German politician who left the right right option for Germany (AfD) after a racist tirade, sets up a new party that has adopted a symbol used by Austrian Nazis and an anti-Semitic group in 1930 the number.
André Poggenburg led the AfD, which is often described as far right of its anti-Muslim and anti-immigration rhetoric, to become the strongest governmental election performance yet, and won nearly a quarter of the vote in Saxony-Anhalt in 2016.
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But the regional leader resigned last year after Turkey was labeled as "camel driver" and dual-national immigrants a "homeless mob we no longer want." He criticized recently AfD to become increasingly left among fear of being under the supervision of Germany's domestic intelligence agency.
His new party – Awakening of German Patriots (AdP) – immediately took criticism after revealing that its logo has a blue corn flower, a known symbol of hatred. neighboring Austria, the flower has been associated with the anti-Semitic Schoener movement and was used as a secret symbol of Nazi sympathizers until the country was annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938.
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Poggenburg told the German news agency DPA that his movement could enter the state parliament in regional elections this year, but also said he did not want his party to compete directly with AfD. 19659010] This is the fourth time a split has arisen in the party that has sent shock waves through Germany's political establishment since the immigration crisis in 2015, which resulted in Germany welcoming one million refugees.  AfD leader Frauke Petry left the party in 2017 and formed the Blue Party, which has two seats in the Riksdag. Bernhard Wildt, a regional AFD leader, also left the party to find a group called Citizens for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
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Earlier this month, a member of the AfD was seriously injured after being attacked by three people in the northern city of Bremen in what the party described as a "murder attempt".
The party said that Frank Magnitz was snapped unknowingly after leaving a New Year's reception. The party praised "a mother's brave intervention" by saving Magnitz's life and said the police and the Bremen Prosecutor's Office are investigating the attack.
Associated Press contributed to this report.