Investigative journalism center Correctiv recently reported on a meeting involving neo-Nazis, businessmen, members of the AfD and the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) who discussed a secret plan to force millions of immigrants out of Germany.
At least 120,000 people took part in a demonstration against the far-right and their ideology in Berlin on Saturday, according to police.
An AFP correspondent reported that people surrounding the parliament building, the Reichstag, held hands to symbolize that they were protecting it from the far right.
Most of the chants during the event were directed against the AfD, which is extremely anti-immigration.
More than 1,300 associations, initiatives and institutions called on people to take part in the demonstration, the slogan of which is “We are the firewall”.
Protests against the extreme right were held in other German cities on Saturday.
Politicians including Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Saskia Esken, Social Democrat Health Minister Karl Lauterbach and Family Affairs Minister Lisa Paus of the Green Party also took part in the demonstration in Berlin.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed his support for the event’s participants on X (formerly Twitter), saying it was a “strong sign for democracy and our constitution”.
At the time, the AfD was outraged by the government’s support for the protesters.
“How far have we come in Germany that the government calls for protests against part of the population?” the party wrote on the X social network.
Although the AfD’s ratings fell slightly after the Correctiv article, it is still the second most popular party behind the CDU.