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A German court ruled that a small far-right party may continue to display election posters with the slogan “Hang the Greens” which authorities in an eastern town have ordered to be removed

But the Chemnitz Administrative Court said on Tuesday that the posters affixed by the lower case III. The Weg (Third Way) party must be kept a minimum distance of 100 meters (328 feet) from the Green Party posters, the dpa news agency reported. The Greens are one of three parties running for chancellery in the September 26 parliamentary elections in Germany.

Zwickau city authorities last week ordered that III. Weg removed his posters within three days and said local authorities would remove them themselves. He argued that the slogan was a violation of public order and human dignity.

In issuing an injunction against the ruling, the court said it was not clear whether the conditions to limit free speech were met.

The city of Zwickau has announced its intention to appeal to a higher court in Bautzen. Mayor Constance Arndt said it made no difference if the III. Weg’s posters were held 100 yards from the green election ads, and “the call to hang the Greens is and remains utterly intolerable, undemocratic and irresponsible.”

The regional branch of the Greens had said it hoped the city would appeal, saying what it called a “call to kill” thousands of members and supporters “has no place in public space.”


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