BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s hard-line right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Monday fired an official who had been caught in a covert camera discussing the gassing of refugees.
In footage secretly recorded by ProSieben-tv in February, Christian Lueth, then a party spokesman, was filmed at a café in Berlin, where he spoke to someone he thought was a sympathizer about the challenges facing AfD. transfer.
When asked if the AfD wanted to see more immigrants, he replied: “Yes.”
“Because then things will be better for AfD. We can still shoot them all afterwards, ”he said. “Or gas them, whatever you want. I do not care in either way! ”
The newspaper Die Zeit said it was showing the footage, which they said was filmed by Lisa Licentia, a right-wing YouTube personality who had decided to leave right-wing extremists. Die Zeit said there was no indication that Lueth was joking.
German media reported on Monday that Lueth was fired as an employee of the party’s parliamentary group. The group’s spokesman was not immediately available for comment. Neither Lueth nor Licentia could be reached immediately.
Lueth had already been suspended from his position as party spokesman in April due to an email in which he wrote that the word “fascist” was overused.
The AfD entered Germany’s parliament in an election in 2017 and is now the largest party opposing Angela Merkel’s government, a right-wing coalition.
The far right party has been monitored by the security services, and other parties consider it beyond the pale. Party officials vehemently deny that they have links to neo-Nazi groups.
“Nobody hates our beautiful country like the AfD,” tweeted Konstantin Kuhle, spokesman for home affairs for the pro-business Free Democrats.
The recordings were to be sent on Monday night.
Under Adolf Hitler’s Nazis, Germany murdered 6 million Jews during World War II and killed many in gas chambers.
Reporting by Thomas Escritt