The leader of Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party saw her car torched in Leipzig on Friday evening.
Frauke Petry‘s car was ablaze in a suspected arson attack, according to the police. There was no claim of responsibility or arrest. Last year AfD’s deputy leader Beatrix von Storch also saw her car torched in Berlin.
Support for AfD has surged to a 15% nationwide following and has entered 10 out of 16 regional parliaments.
In local elections in Berlin, on Sunday, the AfD got 12,2% and entered the parliament of Germany’s multicultural capital.
Earlier in September, the AfD came second behind the Social Democrats in the East German state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. This result was especially humiliating for Chancellor Angela Merkel, because Pomerania is where she is elected. The CDU came third there with barely 19%.
The party is riding a wave of discontent on the arrival of little over one million refugees to Germany in 2015.
Arson attacks usually target refugee shelters, especially in East Germany. Left wing violence is less prominent.
(AFP, dpa, Reuters)