German 'Christ Child' Targeted by Racist AfD Post to Speak to Press on Sunday

Anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) suggests locals are being eradicated by foreigners after Indian-German girl is selected to launch world-famous Christmas market

Supporters of German AfD wave flags in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, May 27, 2018.
Supporters of German AfD wave flags in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, May 27, 2018.Credit: Michael Sohn / אי־פי

The 17-year-old girl selected by the German city of Nuremberg to play the "Christ Child" and open its world-famous Christmas market will speak to the press on Sunday, days after she was targeted by a racist comment by the far-right AfD.

Benigna Munsi, the daughter of Indian-German parents, will be joined by the Nuremberg Mayor Ulrich Maly in a press event at city hall, the city announced on Saturday.

A jury selected Munsi, a Nuremberg native, to be the new Nuremberg "Christ Child" for the next two years on Wednesday. The following day, a local chapter of the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party posted a picture of Munsi on Facebook with a comment suggesting that Germans were being eradicated in the same way that North American indigenous groups were.

"Nuremberg has a new Christ child," the post read. "One day, what happened to the Indians will happen to us."

The AfD association later deleted the post and apologized, but many Facebook users expressed solidarity with Munsi and denounced the comment.

The comments were criticized by several Bavarian politicians, including state premier Markus Soeder.

Munsi's father is of Indian descent and has been a German citizen for many years; her mother is German. Her most important role as "Christ Child" will be to open the Nuremberg Christmas market on November 29.

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