What is truth?

The chant of “Wir sind das Volk” (we are the people) was once the famous war cry of protests against the East German regime which eventually brought down the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Its words were – at the time – a rebuke to a government which claimed to represent the nation but which was forced to prop up its power with barbed-wire fences and the most far-reaching spy network the world had yet seen.

Now it’s been taken up by the anti-refugee movement in Germany, many of whose adherents accuse Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government of being just as illegitimate as that of the former German Democratic Republic.

And it’s at the centre of a video that surfaced on Friday morning showing people in Clausnitz, Saxony, chanting at a bus full of refugees arriving in the town.

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