BERLIN (Reuters) – The bold right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party fired at an official on Monday who was caught on a hidden camera discussing refugees.
In the video, which was secretly recorded by ProSieben television in February, Christian Lueth, who was then a party spokesman, was shot at a cafe in Berlin talking to a man he believes is sympathetic about the challenges that facing AfD.
Asked if AfD would like to see more immigrants, he replied: “Yes.”
“Because then things are better for AfD. We can still shoot everything afterwards,”; he said. “Or gas them, whichever you prefer. I don’t care either! ”
The Die Zeit newspaper said it was shown in the footage, which it said was shot by Lisa Licentia, a right-wing YouTube personality who decided to leave the right end scene. Die Zeit said there was no indication that Lueth was joking.
German media reported on Monday that Lueth had ended up as an employee of the party’s parliamentary group. The group spokesperson is not immediately available to comment. Neither Lueth nor Licentia was reached immediately.
Lueth was suspended from his position as party spokesman in April, in an email in which he wrote that the word “fascist” was widely used.
The AfD entered the German parliament in an election in 2017 and is now the largest party to oppose the government of Angela Merkel, a leftist grand coalition.
The far right party is monitored by security services, and it is considered by other parties beyond pallor. Party officials have strongly denied that it has links to neo-Nazi groups.
“No one hates our beautiful country like AfD,” tweeted Konstantin Kuhle, spokesperson for the domestic affairs of the pro-business Free Democrats.
The footage is to be broadcast Monday night.
Under Adolf Hitler’s Nazis, Germany killed 6 million Jews during World War II, killing many of the gas chambers.
Reporting by Thomas Escritt