The car belonging to the leader of Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has been totally destroyed in a fire-bomb attack just 12 hours before voting began in local elections in Berlin, where that party is expected to break through into the city’s state legislature.
The fire-bomb attack on Frauke Petry’s vehicle follows weeks of public incitement against the AfD by establishment politicians, terrified at the party’s recent electoral successes which have seen it win seats in 9 of the 16 state legislatures.
A statement on Petry’s official Facebook page said that the “harassment from [Socialist party of Germany—SPD—leader Sigmar] Gabriel, [SPD deputy leader Ralf] Stegner, and [SPD Justice Minister Heiko] Maas” has been “getting continually more violent” in its propaganda.
“They have no arguments with which to compete in a democratic manner, and therefore have to resort to more extreme measures,” Petry wrote. “But we will not be intimidated, we have come to stay!”
There have been a number of attacks on AfD members by supporters of the far left in Germany, with many of the perpetrators having links to the SPD, which is in a formal alliance with Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party.
Burning cars is a favored tactic of the far left in Berlin. In July this year, dozens of vehicles were burned by communist thugs seeking to “take revenge” on the police for evicting them from one of their illegally occupied buildings in the city.
In August this year, the AfD group chairman in Rhineland-Palatinate, Uwe Junge, was violently assaulted by a gang of four Communist thugs in Mainz, on the same day that another AfD regional leader was attacked in a similar manner.
All opinion polls for the Berlin local elections—being held on Sunday, September 18—indicate that the party will poll between 10 and 15 percent of the vote, just behind Merkel’s CDU and the SPD.
Berlin has however a massive “settled” nonwhite population, with the city of Kreuzberg forming the largest Turkish city outside of Istanbul, containing at least 250,000 Turks—most of them legal immigrants going back decades.
In addition, there is a significant Asian—Vietnamese population in Berlin, to the point where the SPD even issues election material in Turkish and Vietnamese.
Given these racial-demographic hurdles, a 15 percent vote for the AfD therefore represents a significant number of Germans in the capital city, and will put that party into its tenth state legislature—guaranteeing it a major role in Germany’s next general election to be held in 2017.