German city declares ‘Nazi emergency’ via symbolic resolution

A “Nazi emergency” has been declared in Dresden, Germany — a mostly symbolic move to call attention to what one local councillor called “right-wing” and “extremist” incidents over the years, say news reports.

Councillor Max Aschenbach of Die Partei (translation: The Party) told CNN and BBC that the symbolic resolution was passed on Wednesday by city councillors in the east German city that saw the birth of the anti-Islam Pegida movement back in 2013.

Dresden is located in the state of Saxony, where the far-right Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) made strong gains in this year’s regional election. 

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