Saturday, September 11, 2021

The juxtaposition of two Bundestag election-campaign posters on a streetlight pole in Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany

Germany is in the final weeks of the campaign for the election of the Bundestag on 26 September, and streetlight poles are full of posters for parties and candidates. Today, I saw a poster for the far-right Alternative for Germany [AfD] claiming that "a border is there to be protected" above a poster for the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany calling "for the right to flight [Flucht]" (that is, the right to become a refugee [Flüchtling]). Mostly, it's the juxtaposition of the two that I want to note, but as is so often the case, the AfD's claim is patently absurd: the border between Bavaria and Saxony is not protected, after all. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 11 September 2021)

Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany

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