German mayor quits over far-right protest at his home
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German mayor quits over far-right protest at his home

Markus Nierth fears exposing his children to hate-filled racism by demonstrators irate at asylum-seekers

A demonstration by the German National Democratic Party. (screen capture: YouTube/RuptlyTV)
A demonstration by the German National Democratic Party. (screen capture: YouTube/RuptlyTV)

BERLIN — A mayor in eastern Germany resigned after far-right protesters angry about plans to house asylum seekers in the village threatened to march on his house.

Markus Nierth said he stepped down as mayor of Troeglitz in Saxony-Anhalt, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Berlin, because local authorities refused to ban the march.

In a Facebook post, Nierth said he wasn’t prepared to expose his children to the sight of armed police outside their window, and “racist and hate-filled chants.”

Saxony-Anhalt’s Interior Ministry said Monday that it opposed “all forms of xenophobia and racism,” but didn’t immediately comment on Nierth’s resignation.

The far-right National Democratic Party, or NPD, which had organized previous protests against housing 50 refugees in Troeglitz, called off its planned march Sunday after Nierth resigned.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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