The success of the far right anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) in regional elections in March sent shockwaves across Germany, as we reported last month.
Socialists and anti-racists organised an emergency national conference in Frankfurt-am-Main on 23-24 April to discuss their response to the growth of the right. It was a real success, with around 600 activists attending from across Germany. The conference was organised by members of Die Linke (the Left Party) and other forces on the left.
It agreed to launch a national campaign, Aufstehen gegen Rassismus (Stand Up to Racism). The campaign will organise workshops and seminars in towns and cities across Germany helping to arm activists with arguments to challenge racist myths about migrants and refugees.
By building up a confident anti-racist movement, they hope to be able to mobilise against the racists and fascists whenever they try to meet or march. This can stop the Nazis before they gain a national foothold.