World Chrupalla: AfD wants to challenge the right-wing extremist classification in Karlsruhe if necessary
The rise and rise of far-right extremist groups stirs fears of grim times ahead
Recent jumps in follower numbers for neo-Nazi groups online raises serious concern about the spread of hateful ideology.The news comes after recent warnings by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres that far-right extremism should be considered a transnational threat.
According to its co-chairman Tino Chrupalla, the AfD wants to go to the Federal Constitutional Court if necessary to challenge its classification by the constitution protection as extremist. The party will "defend itself in court to end this defamation," said Chrupalla on Thursday on Deutschlandfunk. The AfD will "probably have to sue to the Federal Constitutional Court".
Chrupalla rejected the charge that the AfD was right-wing extremist. "Right-wing extremists reject the free and democratic basic order and want to use force to establish an authoritarian or even totalitarian state system," he said. "There is not a single politician in the AfD who wants that. So this statement and this suspicion simply do not apply."
The AfD boss reiterated the accusation that the classification by the constitution protection was politically motivated. "Here you have to be very clear that the state, the authorities or the interior ministries are clearly lying to the courts," he said.
On Wednesday it became known that the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) had declared the AfD to be a suspected right-wing extremism case and thus enabled it to be observed using intelligence services. The CDU / CSU, SPD, Greens and FDP approved the procedure.
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Capitol National Guard Operation Could Last Beyond May Due to 'Domestic Threat': Pentagon .
Some 2,300 troops will remain in the capital until at least May 23, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.The troops were first deployed after the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Donald Trump supporters on January 6.