Story By: Sofija Dizdarevik, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
German police are investigating after a colouring book for kids was handed out at an Alternative for Germany (AfD) event featuring “racist” caricatures with bones through their hair and gun-toting people next to a Turkish flag.
In an image entitled ‘We are washing ourselves away’, men with bones through their hair can be be seen grabbing at fleeing women from a swimming pool and one image shows a hand with a knife.
In the same image women in burqas can be seen in the pool.
Meanwhile, in another image people with guns, knives and the Turkish flag in their hands can be seen.
The colouring book entitled “North Rhine-Westphalia To Colour In” and was distributed at a regional AfD event n North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).
German Social Democrats (SPD) leader Thomas Kutschaty called the book ‘racist’ and left a tweet saying: “The #NoAfD has published a racist colouring book. Now they want to incite children with their inhuman ideology.
“This book belongs in the recycling bin.”
The Krefeld Police also tweeted that they are were looking at the matter saying: “We are aware of these children’s colouring books.
” We already have a complaint against the AfD parliamentary group for racism.”
Reportedly, the right-wing populist political party ‘Alternative for Germany’ sees the criticism of the colouring book as an attack on freedom of expression through art and the right to use satire. They said it was meant as a “satirical view of the region” and was created as a colouring book for adults, not children.
AfD leader Markus Wagner told local media: “We landed another hit there. Art doesn’t just have to come from the left.”
He added: “If Antifa extremists attack freedom of art, there can only be one answer. We will increase circulation!”
The “Alternative for Germany” is described as a far-right populist party in Germany and was founded in 2013.
It has been described as Islamophobic and Xenophobic.
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