A German judge ruled that an election campaign poster reading “Migration kills!” Was a partly accurate description of reality and does not incite racial hatred.
The decision was taken in the town of Giessen near Frankfurt, according to German media, the Online legal forum and the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.
The election poster was commissioned by the National Democratic Party (NPD), a far-right nationalist political party often referred to as “neo-Nazi”. The NPD does not have elected members in any regional parliament, the Bundestag or the European Parliament.
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The decision came after the party sued the state of Hesse earlier this year because the mayor of the small town of Ranstadt blocked the NPD from displaying the posters.
The campaign poster was used ahead of the European parliamentary elections earlier in 2019. In full, it is written: “Stop the invasion: migration kills!”
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Judge Andreas Hofer, who made the ruling, cited “historic movements of people” from 5,000 years ago to the present day which have directly led to “death and ruin”, including the expulsion of people. Israelites of Egypt and the Colonization of the Americas. Based on this, he said the poster “at least partially reflects reality.”
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Hofer had previously spoken negatively about the state of immigration in Germany, and in 2015 he said that “in the abstract, too much migration in the form of immigration to Germany could lead to the death of German culture “, According to the media.
He alone made the court ruling that the poster was at least partly accurate. The August decision is subject to appeal.
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