German far right tells black politician to "head home"

BERLIN Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:56pm EDT

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's far-right NPD party on Tuesday called on a black politician who appeared in regional election ads for the Christian Democrats to go home to Angola, and urged its members to bring the message to him personally.

The National Democratic Party said in a statement it wished Zeca Schall, who is working on the conservatives' state parliamentary campaign in the eastern state of Thuringia, a "good trip home."

"Today he is no longer needed, so we want to encourage him directly to head home to Angola," the NPD said, adding that Thuringia should "remain German," and Schall's job should be filled by a local.

German media described Schall as a 45-year-old Angolan-born integration specialist for Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrat party (CDU) who has lived in Thuringia since 1988.

The CDU Tuesday described the NPD's comments on Schall, whose photo it had placed alongside its candidates on campaign billboards for a vote on August 30, as "inhuman."

The NPD said it would try to meet Schall in public on Wednesday. The far-right party wants to end parliamentary democracy and is described by Germany's domestic intelligence agency as racist, anti-Semitic and revisionist.

It has around 7,000 members and also has seats in the state parliament of the eastern region of Saxony.

(Reporting by Brian Rohan; editing by Andrew Roche)

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