Right-wing radicals and right-wing extremists are trying to take advantage of the demonstrations against corona politics. According to security authorities, they are increasingly proceeding according to plan.
Right-wing extremist organizations have so far not been the focus of the corona protests. But some statements make it clear that they have made this a strategic decision. Former NPD chairman Udo Voigt, 67, showed up again on Saturday in a “No to the forced vaccination” t-shirt on Alexanderplatz in Berlin; in the background women with long hair danced to electronic music. A representative of the younger generation, 31-year-old Martin Sellner as spokesman for the extreme right-wing identity movement, had already appealed to his followers on video: “It is an imperative of the hour that all patriots without self-conception and with a certain willingness to sacrifice themselves” at least temporarily bring in the corona demonstrations. According to security authorities, they are increasingly proceeding according to plan. That was how it was observed last weekend.
Members of the neo-Nazi small party “Der III. Weg” took part in corona protests in Kaiserslautern and Plauen, among others. The neo-Nazi group “Brotherhood Germany” mingled with the demonstrators in Düsseldorf on Saturday. The small party “The Rights” took part in the corona demonstrations in Dortmund, where it was able to make up a relatively high proportion, namely 30 of around 150 participants. And for the first time, there were also two separate events of right-wing extremist organizations over the weekend, albeit with little response. So in Haiger in Hesse, where the “III. Weg” mobilized, and in Mönchengladbach, where right-wing extremist Dominik Roeseler, who sits for the group “Mönchengladbach auf” in the city council, put his rally under the motto “freedom instead of new normality” and with his appeal against the “Corona madness” attracted about 100 participants.
The President of the Federal Criminal Police Office warns of a dynamic like 2015
Efforts are also increasing in the AfD. In recent days, activists from the Junge Alternative (JA), the party’s youth association, have emerged more and more. On Saturday, the JA called for rallies against the corona measures (“for fundamental rights and politics with reason”) both in Stuttgart and in Prenzlau in Brandenburg. Demonstrations are to be held again in Stuttgart next Saturday, then with Alice Weidel, the chairman of the Bundestag faction.
In Prenzlau, the head of state Andreas Kalbitz, shot by the board of the federal party the evening before, was there. His colleague from Saxony-Anhalt, Hans-Thomas Tillschneider, held a “walk” with 30 participants against the corona measures in the city of Querfurt on Saturday.
The autonomous scene has so far distanced itself
Speaking of which: Talking about “Querfront”, as one judges it in security circles, has so far primarily acted as an attempt by rights to make itself bigger than it is. The term suggests that the left have also joined the right. So far, this has not happened in any significant number. The autonomous scene has so far distanced itself. Left or radical left groups have not mobilized to the demonstrations. The left’s parliamentary faction vice-president Andrej Hunko performed at a weekend corona demonstration in his hometown Aachen – but there was immediate harsh criticism from the party and the party leadership.
The President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Thomas Haldenwang, had in the newspaper Welt am Sonntag warned that “extremists, especially right-wing extremists, are exploiting the demonstration.” The president of the Federal Criminal Police Office, Holger Münch, said that one was still a long way from a dynamic like the one at the beginning of the Pegida protests in Dresden in 2015. “The risk, however, that with decreasing acceptance and with a sense of threat – that was also one of the triggers in 2015/2016 – such a situation can occur,” he said.
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