Nationalist protesters snub Merkel on campaign trail

Aug 31, 2017, 7:06 AM EDT
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(Source: arif_shamim/flickr)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on a campaign trail for the upcoming federal elections, has been facing “overwhelming” ire of protesters in the heartland of populist nationalists, a development that has raised serious questions over her targeting of rightwing belts.

Merkel, who seeks a victory for a fourth term, was heckled and jeered at a rally in Bitterfeld, in Saxony-Anhalt, where rightwing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) secured over 31 percent votes last year, writes The Guardian.

Merkel’s open door policy for refugees and migrants has given rise to resentment among nationalists, and the AfD has gained traction by polarizing crowds for electoral gains, notes Deutsche Welle.