Germany: AfD youth wing furious over Berlin pride parade ban

The youth wing of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has complained after being denied a stall at this year’s Berlin Pride event, Christopher Street Day (CSD), saying it has been unfairly excluded.

CSD organizers have rejected an application by David Eckert, head of the Berlin chapter of AfD youth wing Junge Alternative, for a stall at Europe’s largest LGBT street party at the end of July.

Eckert, 26, took to Facebook to complain about the decision, publishing what he claimed was an email from CSD organizers saying that “people and organizations who try to create a climate of fear and exclusion such as the AfD … are not welcome” at the parade.   

The Berlin AfD youth leader accompanied the post with an explosive three minute videoin which he claimed to represent conservative elements of the LGBT community who rejected mass immigration.

“Not every gay person wears vinyl and leather, struts around with a handbag and paints their nails,” said Eckert, citing a poll suggesting 12 percent of German LGBT voters supported the AfD. Eckert added that the AfD saw itself as a “balwark” against illegal migrants, the majority of which he claimed supported Sharia law and came from places where gays faced violence and persecution.  Read more via the Local

Germany's far-right youth feel unwelcome at LGBT Pride 

The Junge Alternative has served as the party’s youth wing since 2013 and recently made headlines when the AfD leader Alexander Gauland gave a speech to Junge Alternative activists, in which he said Adolf Hitler was mere “bird shit,” in more than a millennium of otherwise successful German history.

The youth wing is now complaining about the decision to deny it a stall at Berlin’s marquee Pride festivities at the end of July, the Berliner Zeitung newspaper reported.

Eckert, 26, posted what he said was an email exchange between him and the event organizers who turned his request down, telling him that the parade needed a “climate of acceptance,” which included accepting refugees, and besides, his application was too late in the year. Read more via Newsweek