The federal spokeswoman for the Green Youth, Sarah-Lee Heinrich, apologized for tweets she wrote when she was a teenager. This was followed by a shit storm – and now apparently death threats.

The newly elected federal spokeswoman for the Green Youth, Sarah-Lee Heinrich, is “exposed to massive death threats” after a shitstorm on Twitter, a spokeswoman for the Green Youth told the Tagesspiegel. Heinrich would therefore withdraw in the coming days and not speak publicly. “Your safety comes first,” said the spokeswoman.

Heinrich had previously announced on Twitter that she regretted a tweet published on her account years ago. “I just became aware of a tweet in which my account commented” Heil “under a tweet with a swastika in 2015,” wrote the 20-year-old on Twitter on Sunday. You can’t remember ever posting such a tweet – but that doesn’t make it any better. “That was extremely stupid and inappropriate.”

Heinrich emphasized that she was part of an anti-fascist youth organization. “This tweet in no way reflects my position. I’m really sorry to have ever posted such a tweet.” The tweet has since been deleted.

Regret for old tweets

Sarah-Lee Heinrich and Timon Dzienus were elected as the new federal spokesmen for the Green Youth on Saturday. The social science student received 93.84 percent of the votes at the federal congress of the youth organization in Erfurt.

Even before she commented on the “Heil” tweet, Heinrich complained on Twitter that, since her election, rights had been trying to organize shit storms against her. “I guess I’m jittery about a black, left-wing woman.” There were screenshots of old tweets from her, “some of which are vulgar or offensive”.

“What is deliberately removed from the screenshots of tweets: They are from 2014/2015,” she criticized. “I was 13/14 years old then.” She demanded: “Measure me and like to criticize me for my positions and my political work. I am not going to explain myself to everything that I once thought and said when I was 14, I do not ask anyone to do that either”.

Sarah-Lee Heinrich speaks at the Federal Green Youth Congress on Saturday: She now had to justify a tweet from 2015. (Source: Bodo Schackow / dpa)

In her application speech in Erfurt, Heinrich focused on social issues. “Many people are afraid that climate protection means that they will be worse off. I can understand that, because they too know how holey our welfare state is and that as soon as they become unemployed they are no longer worth anything in this society.” She criticized a lack of apprenticeships, poorly paid part-time jobs for students and disadvantages for people with a migration background.

Green parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt wrote to Heinrich on Sunday: “We all make mistakes. You stand by it and apologize. Thank you for that. But also thank you for clearly saying what is, exclusion through poverty, through not knowing, through racism or indifference. “


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