Saturday 21 April 2018

Germany slams 'repulsive' far-right march in US

Candles are held during a vigil for victims in Charlottesville (AP)
Candles are held during a vigil for victims in Charlottesville (AP)

The German government has condemned the white nationalist rally in Virginia that turned violent on Saturday, and expressed solidarity with peaceful counter-protesters.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters it was an "absolutely repulsive scene at this extreme-right march".

He said: "There was outrageous racism, anti-Semitism and hate in its most despicable form to be seen, and whenever it comes to such speech or such images it is repugnant."

He added that it is "completely contrary to what the chancellor and the German government works for politically, and we are in solidarity with those who stand peacefully against such aggressive extreme-right opinions".

Mr Seibert said Mrs Merkel also regrets the death of a counter-protester and sent her sympathies to those injured.

Press Association

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