The AfD hope to block the new build by means of a referendum and have put a proposal to this effect in from of the state parliament in Thuringia, public broadcaster MDR reports.
The populist party, who have seen their popularity soar during the refugee crisis, have also called a protest in the central square of state capital Erfurt using the slogan “our land, our culture, our decision.”
The AfD’s leader in Thuringia, Björn Höcke, a man known to belong to the hard right of the party, has described the mosque construction as “part of a long-term land grab project.”
But the two main churches in Erfurt have come out in support of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s plans for a new mosque.
The AfD position is “completely unintelligible”, Winfried Weinrich, head of the Catholic Church’s office in the state capital, told the Catholic News Agency.
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