Germany’s AfD Votes to Expel Lawmaker Who Criticized Holocaust Memorial

Bjoern Hoecke, co-head of the right-wing AfD (Alternative fuer Deutschland) political party in the state of Thuringia, speaks to reporters during an AfD vigil near the Chancellery for victims of the recent Berlin Christmas market terror attack on December 21, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Right-wing groups are seeking to capitalize …
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(REUTERS) Right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) members voted on Monday to expel one of the party’s state leaders who criticized a memorial in Berlin to victims of the Nazi Holocaust and said history should be rewritten to focus on German victims.

The AfD, which has lawmakers in 10 of Germany’s 16 regional parliaments, is expected to become the third-largest party in the Bundestag federal lower house after an election on Sept. 24.

Some senior AfD members say speeches like the one by Bjoern Hoecke, the party leader in the eastern state of Thuringia, damage its image and dent its chances in the election.

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