High-Ranking Members of Far-Right Party Alternative Für Deutschland Discuss Plan to Ethnically Cleanse Germany

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The meeting, which began with a lecture by Austrian Identitarian Martin Sellner, outlined a sinister plan to “remigrate,” or ethnically cleanse, Germany.

An article published today by Correctiv reported on a secret meeting in Potsdam last November to plan the ethnic cleansing of people of color from Germany. The meeting was attended by high-profile members of the far-right and white nationalist political party, Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany, AfD), which has been declared an extremist threat by the German Intelligence Services. Also at the confab were far-right influencers, neo-Nazis, and white nationalists from the group Identitäre Bewegung (Identitarian Movement, IB), as well as its de-facto leader, Martin Sellner. Officially, AfD claims IB, which propagates anti-Muslim hatred and the white supremacist “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory, is incompatible with party membership. And while the AfD are no strangers to Identitarian rhetoric, such as the need to battle the “Islamization” of Europe, allowing themselves to engage in policy discussion on expelling German citizens with someone who accepted almost $1,700 in donations from the Christchurch shooter, whose ideology Sellner also tweeted in support of, is shocking.

There was only one topic on the agenda – “remigration” – that is, the forced removal of non-white people from Germany to halt the supposed “Great Replacement,” meaning the idea that somehow Germans are being “replaced” by migrants, refugees and non-Europeans. Believers in this conspiracy theory have been responsible for an astounding number of mass casualty terrorist attacks around the globe, including multiple murders in Germany. Sellner delivered a lecture on his plan for “remigration” in Germany, a word he claims to have pioneered, posing the question of “whether we as a people in the West will still survive or not.” Remigration is his solution to this supposed problem, which he described as a “decades-long project,” since they’d need to adhere to immigration laws (which could be changed if the AfD takes power) in order to advance their white supremacist agenda. He justifies this “project” as combatting the presence of “ethnic voting,” which is the idea that migrants are allowed into the country so they can vote for political parties with looser immigration laws. This is a “Great Replacement” talking point often parroted by American far-right politicians and media personalities, including Rep. Brain Babin (R-TX), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), National Border Control Council President Brandon Judd, Lt. Governor of Texas Dan Patrick, and many others.

The most concerning part of Sellner’s plan was his proposal for the relocation of migrants and refugees, which he proposed be placed in a “model state” in North Africa, where two million deported people could apparently fit. Correctiv notes that this plan is strikingly similar to the Nazi plan developed in 1940 to send four million Jews to the island of Madagascar. Whether or not this was the actual inspiration for Sellner’s plan is unknown, but the parallels between them, and the AfD’s willingness to hear it out, are chilling.

Prominent AfD members like Ulrich Siegmund, parliamentary group chairman in Saxony-Anhalt, were in attendance, and appeared to solicit donations from the attendees. Siegmund is known for his exclusionary stances against “foreign restaurants” in his district, even aiming to make it “as unattractive as possible for this clientele to live.” Gerrit Huy, an AfD MP in the Bundestag, was reported to have developed her own “remigration” plan seven years ago, and suggested the AfD no longer opposed a ban on dual citizenship, which is integral to her plan. According to Huy, the government could “take away the German [citizenship],” leaving a former citizen with a foreign passport. This provides the AfD a path towards stripping Germans of their citizenship, and therefore deportation, as it is currently illegal to revoke German citizenship if someone would become stateless as a result. Given this policy preference, it appears that high level AfD members have demonstrated a full acceptance of Identitarian ideology – putting millions of Germans’ citizenships, and livelihoods, at risk.

Of course, when Correctiv reached out to AfD members for comment, they were met with responses saying they were attending as “private persons,” not as people associated with the party. When Reuters reached out to AfD for comment, they were met with an unconvincing statement, especially when juxtaposed Huy’s previous positions, which claimed that “The AfD won’t change its position on immigration policy because of a single opinion at a non-AfD meeting.” Based on the racist policy aspirations of both Siegmund and Huy, it appears AfD’s immigration policy has already taken a turn for the worse. Verein Deutsche Sprache (German Language Association, VDS), whose board member Silke Schröder attended, was also forced to distance itself from Schröder’s “private activities,” although the organization did not denounce the meeting or its hateful ideas. 

Immediately following the report, Sellner both issued a statement on his Telegram page and was interviewed by the Identitarian news outlet Heimatkurier (Homeland Courier), run by former IB Vienna leader Philipp Huemer. Sellner apparently felt a need to provide context to the “numerous horror stories and lies” being spread about him and the lecture he gave. Sellner attempted to clarify some of his comments, stressing that he doesn’t “speak for the AfD,” but that they can use his proposal to “present new ideas” for others in the party. He stressed that there was no “coordination” with the AfD, despite their presence, and downplayed any formation of a “master plan.” 

Regardless, Sellner doubled-down on his remigration plan, which he “publicly [represents],” emphasizing his belief that Germany and Austria have “resigned themselves” to “Islamization and demographic displacement in their own [countries].” Further, Sellner claims that Germany should follow the lead of far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who shares similar views on avoiding a “mixed race” country. This is expanded on in his Telegram post, as he said “remigration does not affect all migrants, but rather those who harm our society economically, criminally or culturally, form parallel societies and undermine democracy through ethnic voting,” casting an extremely wide net on who he considers to be a “harmful” migrant. Sellner finished the interview attempting to humanize his racist stances before issuing a rallying cry to his supporters, claiming that remigration is the “human” and “patriotic alternative” to the “Great Replacement,” dubbed as “population exchange.” Sellner apparently believes he is assured of success, as he said, “the idea is unstoppable and will prevail in the 21st century.”

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