Dresden (dpa / sn) - The Saxon AfD rejects the suspicion of anti-constitutional efforts in its own ranks.

The classification of the AfD as a right-wing extremist suspected case of the protection of the constitution is a "transparent maneuver to influence the citizens in the important election year 2021," said General Secretary Jan Zwerg on Thursday in Dresden.

"Of course we will not be impressed by this and will continue to fight for a strong AfD and a free and democratic Germany."

The CDU-led government accused Zwerg of having converted the domestic secret service into a "government protection", which should "keep new competition at bay".

At the beginning of February it became known that the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Saxony had classified the AfD as a suspected case.

The authority itself did not provide any information.

On Wednesday, after a video conference between the President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Thomas Haldenwang, and constitutional officials of the federal states, it turned out that the classification of the entire party as a suspected case had already been implemented internally.

The two party leaders Jörg Meuthen and Tino Chrupalla spoke of a “scandal that threatens to massively damage the AfD in a super election year”.


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