A right-wing party in Germany has passed an anti-Islam manifesto
Delegates also backed a ban on minarets on mosques and the call to prayer, saying Islam isn’t part of the constitution.
The manifesto, entitled ‘Islam is not part of Germany’, was agreed in a vote of around 2,400 party members.
Hans-Thomas Tillschneider, an AfD lawmaker, said: “Islam is foreign to us and for that reason it cannot invoke the principle of religious freedom to the same degree as Christianity.”
Islam is foreign to us
The start of the party conference in Stuttgart, southwest Germany, was disrupted by tense clashes which resulted in the arrest of more than 400 left-wing protestors.
Hundreds of demonstrators burned tyres and hurled fireworks and stones in an attempt to disrupt the gathering of the anti-immigration party.
Clashes broke out between left-wing protestors and police yesterday before the conference
Germany is home to nearly four million Muslims, about five percent of the total population.
The AfD has had a surge of support after a backlash against Angela Merkel’s liberal refugee policy
Reiner Hoffmann, the head of Germany’s DGB confederation of trade union blasted the AfD’s programme as hate campaign against refugees.
More than 1,000 riot police attended the tense standoff yesterday