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All-clear at SPD headquarters after bomb threat

August 25, 2015

The all-clear has been given after a bomb threat at the Social Democratic Party (SPD) headquarters in Berlin. The party has received many threats following a visit by the party leader to an anti-refugee flashpoint town.

Deutschland Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin
Image: picture-alliance/dpa/T. Kleinschmidt

A bomb threat that forced the evacuation of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) headquarters in Berlin on Tuesday proved to be a false alarm.

The party's general secretary, Yasmin Fahimi, was quoted by the dpa news agency as saying the bomb threat was made by telephone.

It comes a day after Germany's Deputy Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, visited the town of Heidenau, which saw protests between pro- and anti-refugee groups turn violent over the weekend. Gabriel is also the chairman of the SPD:

"Since Sigmar Gabriel's visit to Heidenau, the Willy Brandt House has received a flood of racist threats," Fahimi told dpa, referring to the building that houses the SPD offices.

"We won't budge a single millimeter from our position," Fahimi said of the party's firm stance against right-wing extremists who perpetuate hatred against asylum-seekers.

mz/jil (Reuters, dpa)