Members of the Bavarian Alternative for Germany (AfD) Youth had their homes searched by police following a protest in which they wrote down the names of victims of migrant criminals outside the offices of the Christian Social Union.
Police searched the home of several members of the Young Alternatives Bayern with a total of six searches being conducted in Bayreuth, Augsburg, Amberg, and Munich, Bayerischer Rundfunk reports.
The searches came after the youth wing of the AfD held a political action outside the offices of the Christian Social Union (CSU), allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which they wrote down the names of victims of crimes committed by asylum seekers and migrants sprayed with black paint and left candles and fake blood.
According to a website linked by the Young Alternatives, the message of the protest was to protest the mass migration policies of the CSU which are allied with Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union in the German federal parliament.
“Germany, indeed the whole of Europe sinks into blood and chaos since the beginning of the illegal mass migration, caused by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel,” they wrote.
“The borders are wide open: Through them, Islamists, knife killers and rapists flow into the country. Professionals who are more valuable than gold to leftist Germany haters,” they added.
“But today the patriotic youth of Bavaria rises to make it clear: Stop this woman, stop these murderers! We have enough of Merkel’s dead. Today we remember their victims and the blood toll they had to pay. There is blood on Merkel’s hands,” they said.
The prosecutor behind the raids said that the investigation was based on charges of property damage but did not go into detail on the identities of those searched. One of the searched party members is believed to have been a candidate for the Bavarian parliament.
The raids bear similarity to others on activists belonging to the hipster-right Identitarian youth movement in Germany and Austria. In Germany, an activist in Hessen was raided in 2016 for “vandalism” after he had put up the group’s stickers in his town.
Earlier this year, Austrian police raided several members of the group, including co-leader Martin Sellner prior to a trial in which the Identitarians were accused of forming a mafia-like criminal organisation. The group was acquitted in court over the summer but still face appeals from the Graz prosecutor who initially brought them.