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German police have arrested two far-right anti-immigration activists accused of trying to stage a “rebellion” at the Polish border, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced on Wednesday. He said the police had prevented “the attempt of infiltrators to attack the Polish border”.
Seehofer, whose Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) is the largest in the national parliament, said that two anti-immigration groups headed by a Salafist had been disbanded after being accused of trying to storm the Polish border at the start of October. After last year’s election in which Germany’s immigrant population swelled in the wake of an influx of more than one million refugees, public opinion has turned sharply against Muslims and asylum seekers.
Seehofer has been locked in a feud with Chancellor Angela Merkel over her welcoming stance towards asylum seekers and his party’s criticism has made it politically difficult for her to court minorities.
Seehofer said his two-month-old “Secure Border Initiative” is already helping to prevent arrivals from Poland.
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