The horror in Idar-Oberstein (Rhineland-Palatinate) after the fatal attack on a gas station cashier in the dispute over wearing a corona mask on Saturday evening is great. “This is a very unbelievable, terrible act that happened here in Idar-Oberstein,” said Mayor Frank Frühauf (CDU).
This can also be seen in the great concern of the local people. Many would have laid flowers and wreaths at the gas station. “You can’t compare such an act with anything. It will take a while to process that, ”he said.
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Berlin’s Senator for the Interior, Andreas Geisel (SPD), told Tagesspiegel, “If the background should become clear, we would be dealing with a new dimension of violence and hatred. I am shocked by this terrible act and also by the comment on the act in the relevant messenger services. Every syllable there speaks contempt for human beings. My thoughts are with the victim and the bereaved. ”Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) made a similar statement. “It is outrageous and disgusting when the terrible bloodshed by Idar-Oberstein is now being used online for even more hatred and even more contempt for human beings,” Lambrecht told Tagesspiegel. “Our rule of law must oppose the radicalization of violent Corona deniers with all means. We have significantly tightened the penal provisions against hate messages with our legislative package against hatred and agitation. Anyone who aggressively harasses and threatens must expect charges and convictions.
The security authorities are also appalled. “I think the process is incredible,” said one expert. The brutality in parts of the lateral thinker scene is increasing. He himself, said the expert, had been threatened with beatings when he told a man to put on the mask. The President of the Thuringian Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Stephan Kramer, sees “the hodgepodge of lateral thinkers, conspiracy fanatics, Reich citizens and individual preppers” the first signs of terror. “Society should be put in fear and terror,” said Kramer the Tagesspiegel. The perpetrator from Idar-Oberstein apparently “doesn’t even have a sense of guilt”.
Kramer fears that there will be more deaths
It is to be feared that the act “was not the last and that there are more deaths”. The chairman of the Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter (BDK), Sebastian Fiedler, also considers an escalation of the violence to be possible. “You have to ask yourself whether parts of the lateral thinker movement are on the way to terror,” said Fiedler to the Tagesspiegel. The act in Idar-Oberstein is “a clear warning signal with regard to the radicalization in parts of the scene”.
The protection of the constitution warned of deadly violence
The protection of the constitution emphasizes that the killing tragically confirms that it was right to classify the scene of lateral thinkers in parts as objects of observation. “What is happening there is clearly not compatible with democracy,” said a constitutional protector. It is a matter of “sui generis extremism”. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution now has a nationwide eye on the spectrum. In April, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) set up a collective observation object entitled “Delegitimisation of the state that is hostile to democracy and / or endangering security”. BfV President Thomas Haldenwang also spoke at the beginning of September in a program on “Pro 7” of a “spiral of violence that is turning upwards”. He referred to “brutal physical violence, for example against journalists”. Haldenwang warned, “if the spiral of violence continues to turn and is fueled by hatred and agitation, then I would not rule out that such violence could also end fatally at some point”.
However, security circles also spoke of the fact that the perpetrator from Idar-Oberstein could be mentally disturbed. But that does not change the fact that “the trigger for the act was the ideology of the lateral thinkers,” said a high-ranking expert who did not want to be named. With ideology, the inhibition threshold for exercising violence is lowered, especially among people with psychological problems.
There were also dismayed reactions to the act in Idar-Oberstein from federal politics. The Green Group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt wrote on Twitter: “The terrible murder of a young man in Idar-Oberstein shakes me deeply. To someone who asked to obey the rules. Just to be normal in solidarity. ”And she went on to write:“ It is cruel what effects hatred has. ”
The Green Bundestag member Renate Künast wrote on Monday evening on Twitter: “I am appalled by the gruesome murder in # Rhineland-Palatinate. My thoughts are with the relatives. #Masking as a motive for murder leaves me speechless, “wrote the politician. “#Hate online is real and words can turn into terrible deeds. Fighting that is our duty. ”
“Mask requirement” was high up in the Twitter trends in the evening, with many users writing about the topic.
According to a statement, the federal chairwoman of the Left, Susanne Hennig-Wellsow, said: “We owe the clarification first and foremost to the victim and his family. But it is of elementary importance for all of us. ”Among other things, it must be determined where and why the man had a weapon, whether he acted alone or“ was in some chats spreading ideas about overthrow ”.
Baerbock: “I am very concerned about radicalization of the lateral thinker milieu”
The Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock reacted shaken to the fatal attack. “The radicalization of the maverick milieu causes me great concern,” wrote Baerbock on Tuesday in the short message service Twitter. “We are all called upon to stand against the increasing hatred.”
CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak reacted in a similar way to Baerbock. “A young person is almost executed for pointing out the mask requirement,” wrote Ziemiak on Twitter, speaking of an “unbelievable degree of radicalization”.
Investigations are ongoing
The investigation against the 49-year-old suspect continues. According to Chief Public Prosecutor Kai Fuhrmann, the man has not yet appeared in the police force. He is said to have shot the 20-year-old salesman in Idar-Oberstein in the head after he had warned him twice about the mask requirement when buying beer.
The German confessed to the fact. The alleged perpetrator testified that he rejects the corona measures. As for the motive, he stated that the situation of the corona pandemic was a heavy burden on him, said Fuhrmann. He felt pushed into a corner and “saw no other way out” than to set an example. The victim seemed to him “responsible for the overall situation, since it had enforced the rules,” said Fuhrmann.
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The alleged murder weapon, other weapons and ammunition were found and secured by the police during a house search of the suspect, said Fuhrmann. The man does not have a gun license – the origin of the guns still needs to be clarified.
He lives in Idar-Oberstein. Fuhrmann initially did not want to provide any further personal information. There was still an investigation going on, he said. The arrest warrant was issued on an urgent suspicion of murder for low motives. The suspect is now on remand in a detention center.
According to the previous investigations, the 49-year-old entered the sales area of the gas station without a mask on Saturday evening and placed two six-packs of beer on the counter at the cash register. He later said he forgot the mask. The cashier pointed out the mask requirement to the man – whereupon the man left the room after the investigation and raised his hand threateningly.
Revolver plugged in and driven to the gas station again
The 49-year-old was annoyed by the rejection, it said on Monday. He then put a revolver in his pocket and drove to the gas station again to provoke the 20-year-old salesman, Fuhrmann reported from the suspect’s admission.
This time he wore a mouth and nose cover, took another six-pack of beer and went to the checkout. “There he took off the mouth and nose cover,” said Fuhrmann. The cashier had again advised the man to comply with the mask requirement: The perpetrator then pulled the gun and shot the 20-year-old. Fuhrmann said the suspect shot the victim “specifically in the head from the front”.
The suspect was arrested on Sunday morning on the premises of the police in Idar-Oberstein. “We assume that he wanted to surrender,” said Trier’s police chief Friedel Durben. “This is definitely a special case: We did not have such an act in either the Trier police headquarters or in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate that suggests a connection to Corona.” (with dpa)