Calls for constitutional protection: AfD defensive after Halle

              Saturday, October 12, 2019

The AfD holds her state party convention in Hesse under police protection.
(Photo: imago images / Hartenfelser)

              The tone of the other parties towards the AfD sharpened significantly. SPD and Union politicians make them responsible as a spiritual arsonist for the right terror in Halle. An assessment that shares the vast majority of voters.
              After the right-wing extremist terrorist attack of Halle, the AfD defends itself against blame. "It is deeply shameful that in connection with this terrible act in Halle now such a political instrumentalization begins," said the AfD Federal Chairman Jörg Meuthen on the Hessian AfD state party conference in Neuhof. On the other hand, Björn Höcke of the right-wing national wing did not respond to the allegations in a campaign speech in Erfurt. Politicians from other parties again attacked the AfD heavily. "I do not believe the dismay, which is hypocritical in some places," said Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder at the Germany Day of the Young Union in Saarbrücken. "The AfD is not on its way to becoming a better and more honest CDU, and the AfD is on its way to becoming the true NPD in Germany." The AfD is "everything, but it is not bourgeois," said the CDU politician. "The AfD does not want to go back to the 80s and 90s – some of its officials want to go back to the 30s." The Federal Constitutional Court has designated the NPD in a judgment 2017 as anti-constitutional. SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil demanded an observation of the AfD by the constitution protection. "This is an anti-constitutional party," he said at the party convention of the Baden-Württemberg SPD in Heidenheim. "The arsonists, who are jointly responsible, are also sitting in the parliaments today, and the AfD is the party that ensures that we have such a social climate." The perpetrator of Halle was not a single offender. "This may have been one who shot, but there were quite a few who have ammunitioned him." On Wednesday, a heavily armed assassin attempted to invade the synagogue in Halle, where around 50 faithful committed the most important Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur , When the plan failed, the shooter shot a 40-year-old passerby and a 20-year-old man in a doner kebab shop. On his escape, he seriously injured a couple by shots. The 27-year-old has stood the deed while admitting anti-Semitic and right-wing extremist motives. He's in custody. Voters see AfD co-responsibleThe AFD criticism is shared by a vast majority of voters, according to the current Forsa RTL / n-tv trend barometer. 90 percent of those questioned after the attack were convinced that "the AfD by their appearance and their choice of words provides right-wing extremist violence with a spiritual breeding ground". On the other hand, no one believed that the supporters of the AfD were responsible for the party. Meuthen protested against the allegations against the AFD: "There is not the slightest connection between our party and this act, any more than that between other parties and this act ", said the AfD chairman. And he would have committed many more murders if he had been able to invade the synagogue, and now it is linked to my party, and even we would have to be put under surveillance by the constitution. That's very cheap and morally shameful. " In his repeatedly interrupted by long applause speech before the delegates Meuthen said that there had been a fundamental state failure in the protection of the synagogue in Halle.Der Thuringia state and parliamentary leader Höcke had responded Friday on allegations against his party on Facebook. "Instead of demonizing non-violent opposition politicians, let's talk about the general neglect, dullness, and disorientation of our youth today, which make such excesses possible," he wrote. In a campaign appearance in the pedestrian zone of the Thuringian capital of Erfurt on Saturday Höcke went on neither the right-wing allegations against representatives of his party nor to demands for an observation by the constitutional protection still on the terrorism of Hall. In front of several hundred supporters and opponents, he talked about clan crime, asylum policy and an alleged "multiculturalisation", which operated all parties except the AfD. His approximately one-hour speech was accompanied by applause and "Höcke, Höcke" calls as well as boos, whistles and "lies Höcken" calls. In Thuringia, a new state legislature will be elected on October 27th. Suspected case for constitutional protection also CSU country group leader Alexander Dobrindt spoke out for an observation of the AfD by the constitution protection. "You have to look carefully at AfD party structures such as the so-called wing, whether they are still on the ground of the constitution," he told the "Passauer Neue Presse". Some representatives of the AfD would have long exceeded the intellectual limits to right-wing extremism. In January, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution had classified the youth organization of the AfD and the "wing" as a suspected case in the area of ​​right-wing extremism. This also allows the use of intelligence agents. The AFD spoke then of a "political instrumentalization" of the constitution protection. Michael Roth, one of the candidates for the SPD presidency, criticized the "Welt": "The political arm of right-wing terrorism sits in the German Bundestag and in the state parliaments. And that's the AfD." That certainly does not apply to all members. "But the party must clarify its relationship with those who are preparing the ground for such terrible acts through hatred and incitement." The constitutional protection department must increasingly monitor the store, "Roth demanded. "This is not a protest party, that's an at least right-wing party."

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