Anti-neo-Nazi song from 1993 becomes anthem against migrant violence

Refugee and Migrant Crisis

German punk band Die Aerzte. (Nela König / Hot Action Records)

A 22-year-old song mocking neo-Nazis has reached the top of Germany’s single charts in response to far-right attacks on migrants in the country.

“Cry for Love” by German punk band Die Aerzte was first released in 1993 at a time when a wave of neo-Nazi violence gripped the country.

A recent surge in far-right attacks amid an influx of refugees to Germany prompted a campaign to promote the song again.

Listen to “Schrei nach Liebe” or “Cry for Love”:

Media control, which counts the number of purchases, download and airplays, says the German-language song, featuring the refrain “your violence is just a silent cry for love” amid more explicit lyrics, is set to reach No. 1 when the charts are formally released Friday.

The band says it will donate all proceeds to help refugees.

Story by the Associated Press