Farmers unannounced in front of Bennie Jolink: ‘My family found it intimidating’

Two of the farmers came by tractor, two others by car. According to the farmers, there is not much going on. “We need each other”, says Rutger van Lier from Halle, one of the quartet that wanted to talk to Jolink. He, Thijs Wieggers and Tim Krabben from Mariënvelde and Barry Klein Holkenborg from Ruurlo wanted to talk to the singer about an interview by Jolink to magazines of DPG Media, including the Gelderlander.

‘Nitrogen file a big problem’

In it, the singer from Achterhoek says, among other things: “I am not happy with the road that Farmers Defense Force has taken. That they drive around with coffins with the names of Jesse Klaver and Rob Jetten on them, I am a rabid opponent of that. The farmers have Enemies enough, they shouldn’t make new ones. In addition: the nitrogen dossier is indeed a major problem, which is bothering the whole world. The farmers would have done better to come up with a plan themselves to reduce emissions. “

D66 party leader in the Jetten Lower House received FDF farmers at the door at the end of October. Although he spoke kindly to the farmers in Ubbergen, he later stated that he was not pleased with it. “A line has been crossed here. I hope it was the last time I had FDF – or any action group for that matter – visit home.”

The Ubbergen resident received support from Chamber President Khadija Arib: “I find that unacceptable. MPs must be able to do their work safely and in freedom.”

‘Updating knowledge a bit’

Van Lier denies Gelderland broadcaster that he and the other farmers had driven to Hummelo ‘to brush up on Jolink’s knowledge a little’. “The farmers have several times submitted a plan to Minister Schouten (of Agriculture, ed.).

Jolink says on Facebook that his family on the farm had experienced the visit of the four farmers as intimidating, the singer of Normal was not there himself. “I know you didn’t mean it as intimidation, but my family thought it was intimidating, a few big John Deeres on our dirt road, where hardly anyone ever goes.”

His daughter opened the door, according to Van Lier. “We talked for ten minutes.” The FDF man from Halle hopes that it will lead to a conversation with Jolink.

The farmer earns more money, says Normal Singer

On his Facebook page, Jolink says even more: “I am not against Farmers Defense Force. I think we should do it together. Both of my grandfathers were farmers, I grew up on the farm. The farmer should be paid more for his products. But farmers and politicians both put their heels in the sand and that is wrong. Do it in concert and not with intimidating tractors. That is not the way. “

Jolink in a video on Facebook:

Jolink also thinks that the herd should be smaller. “We have to move to something else, but in a gradual way. The corona crisis has provided air, there are less nitrogen emissions.”

There is actually not much going on, Van Lier concludes. “Bennie is one of us, it feels. We are a fan of him. We even brought our children with us on Tuesday, because when they heard that we wanted to visit him, they wanted to come along. Thijs had brought milk from the farm and we also brought a frozen roulade. “

Also see: Rob Jetten visited at home by farmers: ‘border crossed’

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Life sentence for the perpetrator of the attack on the Halle synagogue

Life imprisonment and security custody for German neo-Nazi Stephan Balliet. Fourteen months after the most serious anti-Semitic attack in Germany since Nazism, the perpetrator of the attack on the synagogue in the East German city of Halle, during which two people were killed, was sentenced today to the maximum penalty by the Naumburg High Court. During the process, Balliet did not show an iota of regret or empathy towards his victims and even took advantage of all his interventions to defend a far-right, misogynist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic ideology. A life sentence in Germany means that the sentence can be revised at 15 years, the added security custody, handed down by Judge Ursula Mertens, president of the court, means that the 28-year-old Balliet will surely not return to Set foot on the street and you will likely die in prison after being found guilty, among other charges, of double murder, 68 assassination attempts, Holocaust denial, and incitement to racial and religious hatred.

“It was a cowardly attack,” said the president of the court, who responded with her sentence to the requests for punishment requested by the prosecution and the private prosecution after 25 sessions and after hearing 79 witnesses and 15 experts. 45 survivors of the attack and relatives of the victims were part of the private prosecution, which was represented by 23 lawyers. Ursula Mertens stressed that the accused tried to relativize the facts and their motives. Stephan Balliet assumed the sentence with an impassive face as he took notes of the reasoning of the verdict.

On October 9, 2019, Balliet unsuccessfully tried to raid the Halle synagogue and kill the more than 50 people who had gathered inside to celebrate the holiday of Yom Kippur, the most important for those who profess the Jewish religion. Armed to the teeth, dressed in black, with a balaclava that hid his face and with a video camera with which he broadcast his action live on social networks, the neo-Nazi was unable to violate the access door to the Jewish temple compound despite firing several times at the lock. Inside, those attending the religious ceremony took cover in alarm when they heard the shots and feared being the target of a massacre. No one was injured, although many still carry trauma. A German woman who happened to pass by the scene and who had the bad idea of ​​berating him for the noise he was making was his first victim. Jana L. was shot multiple times at point-blank range.

From there Balliet started a mad escape through the city, during which he killed the young German painter’s apprentice Kevin S., who was waiting for his order at a Turkish fast food joint. “He had black hair and I thought he was a Muslim,” Balliet said in the process to explain the crime. During his getaway in his car, he glancingly hit a Somali refugee who crossed his path and shot several other people, including several officers who tried to arrest him, leaving several serious injuries before being captured by the police. During the trial, Stephan Balliet openly defended the ideology of white supremacism and announced that he would once again kill people of the Muslim or Jewish religion or people of black skin if the opportunity to do so arose again. His actions were explained based on conspiracy theories that speak of the exchange of the population in Europe with a tolerated invasion of refugees from other continents.

The forensic psychiatrists responsible for making a diagnosis noted that he suffers from a complex personality disorder, but stressed that he is not crazy and was aware of his actions at all times, as evidenced by the fact that he carefully planned his attack. The psychiatrists also ruled that he is an extremely dangerous person, one of the arguments that justified the application of the so-called security custody, which is applied when an inmate has served his sentence, but it is decided to keep him in prison due to his dangerousness for the population. During the trial, however, it could not be clarified if Balliet had accomplices or if he announced his intentions to someone else, although it was found that he carried out his attack alone and without immediate help from other people.

The years before the multiple crime had also apparently passed alone. Stephan Balliet had dropped out of chemical science studies, was living at his mother’s house again, had no known friends, and spent hours at the computer soaking up far-right ideology on international pages of neo-Nazi movements. In his final intervention in court, he stated that he was being tried in “a political process that is a demonstration of the power of the ruling elite”, in which the sentence was handed down in advance, which, despite everything, would not make him renounce their ideology. Balliet spoke of the “enslavement of white Europeans” and went so far as to affirm that “the only good thing that the Jews have come to invent has been the Holcaust”, at which time those present in the room, mostly relatives and close friends of the victims erupted in a loud and indignant protest that did not allow the rest of their words to be heard. Judge Mertens interrupted his speech and warned him again that his claims constitute a crime in this country. “It’s all said,” was the last thing the defendant was heard to say in the courtroom.

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Right-wing extremist attack on synagogue: maximum penalty for Halle attackers

The right-wing extremist who shot two people near the synagogue in Halle was sent to prison for life. The judge spoke of a “cowardly attack”.

The accused Stephan B. was sentenced to life imprisonment Photo: Ronny Hartmann / dpa

MAGDEBURG afp / dpa | In the trial of the right-wing attack on the synagogue in Halle an der Saale, the Naumburg Higher Regional Court imposed the maximum sentence. The defendant Stephan B. was sentenced to life imprisonment with subsequent preventive detention in Magdeburg on Monday. The verdict was issued, among other things, for double murder, multiple attempted murder and sedition. The court also determined the severity of the guilt, which makes early release after 15 years unlikely. An appeal can be lodged with the Federal Court of Justice against the judgment.

It was a “cowardly attack”, said the presiding judge Ursula Mertens at the verdict on Monday. The accused had relativized his actions and motives in many places. The man reacted to the verdict with a blank face and began to take notes.

On October 9, 2019, the 28-year-old German Stephan Balliet tried to storm the synagogue in Halle on the highest Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur, and cause a massacre. He threw incendiary devices and explosives and shot at the access door, but did not get on the premises. In front of the synagogue, he murdered 40-year-old passer-by Jana L. and in a nearby kebab shop, 20-year-old Kevin S.

On his escape, the man shot a policeman inside, drove the getaway car to a man and shot a man and a woman in a village near Halle after they refused to give him their car. In a workshop, the then 27-year-old blackmailed a taxi that the police were able to locate with the help of the taxi driver. The police then arrested him. The Saxon Anhalter confessed to the fact.

With the verdict, Mertens and the four other judges followed the demands of the federal prosecutor’s office and accessory prosecution. The trial is considered to be the largest criminal case in the history of Saxony-Anhalt. For security and space reasons, the OLG had moved the hearing to the largest courtroom in the country in Magdeburg.

On 25 trial days, the court questioned a total of 79 witnesses and 15 experts. 45 survivors and bereaved relatives had joined the accessory prosecution, they were represented by 23 lawyers. The survivors’ final lectures alone had lasted three days of the trial, and many had spoken at this or before on the witness stand. Almost all of them had reported serious psychological consequences of the crime.

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Maximum fine for Balliet (newspaper Junge Welt)

The door of the synagogue had withstood Balliet’s shots and has since been converted into a memorial

In the trial of the attack on the synagogue in Halle on October 9th last year, the right-wing terrorist Stephan Balliet was sentenced on Monday to life imprisonment with subsequent preventive detention. The guilty verdict was given for two murders, multiple attempted murders and sedition. The higher regional court in Naumburg, which had tried in the largest courtroom in Saxony-Anhalt in Magdeburg for security and space reasons, imposed the maximum sentence. It also noted the severity of the guilt, which makes early release almost impossible after 15 years.

Balliet, now 28 years old, tried to break into the synagogue armed on Yom Kippur, the highest Jewish holiday in order to cause a massacre, but failed at the massive entrance door. Thereupon he shot the 40-year-old passerby Jana Lange and the 20-year-old Kevin Schwarze in a kebab shop. Balliet seriously injured two other people while on the run. The presiding judge Ursula Mertens spoke of a “hideous, cowardly and inhuman act”. Addressing the defendant, whose parents and sisters had refused to testify in court, Mertens said, according to a report by the German press agency: “You are a fanatically ideologically motivated individual perpetrator.”

Balliet’s lawyer Hans-Dieter Weber left it open whether he would appeal against the judgment within a week. Weber was surprised that Balliet had suddenly thrown a folder or folder in the direction of the co-plaintiffs at the end of the verdict: “So far, his behavior has been completely inconspicuous. I don’t know whether there was a provocation from the co-plaintiff somewhere or not. ”Accordingly, it was also“ inconspicuous ”that the defendant had denied the Holocaust in his last word on December 8th.

A video of the crime broadcast live by Balliet on the Internet and inflammatory pamphlets against Jews, feminists and Muslims that he wrote were important pieces of evidence. In summary, he referred to well-known conspiracy myths, which amount to the fact that Jews are responsible for feminism and thus for the decline in the birth rate among Germans of origin and their replacement by migration. Anti-fascist initiatives such as “NSU Watch” and “Burned Places” repeatedly called for not quoting directly from these attempts at justification. “Solidarity with those affected – no stage for the perpetrator” was the motto of the rallies that took place on each of the 26 days of the trial in Magdeburg.

»The attack on October 9, 2019 was not an isolated incident. Anti-Semitism, racism and misogyny are not new phenomena and certainly not misunderstandings, but part of a right-wing extremist ideology that is constantly endangering democracy, ”said co-plaintiff Christina Feist, one of the survivors from the synagogue, in her plea on December 8th. “NSU Watch” emphasized on Monday that the verdict should not “put an end to the investigation”. The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, was confident: “Today is an important day for Germany, because the judgment makes it clear that murderous hatred of Jews meets no tolerance.” All those who show solidarity with the Those who had been attacked stood for “this country, not the isolated assassin.”

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Halle assassination: fear of being forgotten (neue-deutschland.de)

Christina Feist now knows the route from Paris to Magdeburg very well. She has driven and flown this route several times in the past few months: from her home in the French capital to the Magdeburg district court, where she is a joint plaintiff in the trial against the assassin Stephan B. 750 kilometers as the crow flies separate the cities – a distance that gives the young woman a certain sense of security. “I’ve got used to the long journey,” she says. Moving to Germany is currently not an option for her – after everything she has experienced: “That is impossible!”

A good 14 months ago, on October 9, 2019, Feist attended the Yom Kippur celebration in the synagogue in Halle. But the ceremony for the highest holiday in Judaism ended first in a state of shock and then in deep sadness. The assassin Stephan B. tried to break into the synagogue and cause a bloodbath. After he failed at the door, he shot the passer-by Jana L. and later the young Kevin S. in a kebab shop in front of the church. After more than an hour’s flight, he was arrested. He killed two people and wanted to kill several more. Christina Feist too. But she survived.

Now she is sitting directly across from the assassin in Magdeburg – but only once, because the verdict against Stephan B. is expected on Monday. Presumably the accused of two murders, 68 attempted murders and other crimes will receive the maximum sentence: life imprisonment. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office also demands subsequent preventive detention, as Federal Prosecutor Kai Lohse explained in his plea in court.

Christina Feist looks to the last day of the trial with mixed feelings. On the one hand, she is relieved: “Five months of trial is a long time, we are all tired and exhausted,” she says – but fear is mixed in with the relief: “As long as the trial is ongoing, we as co-plaintiffs have a strong and loud voice. I’m afraid that at the end of the trial we will forget, that the attack will be forgotten. ”She hopes that the political reappraisal will continue afterwards. In particular, she criticizes the security authorities, which have attracted negative attention several times recently. Representatives of the Federal Criminal Police Office showed themselves to be incapable of dealing with image boards, on which the assassin was encouraged by like-minded people. There was also an increasing number of anonymous letters reporting anti-Semitism among the police. Above all, Feist missed the authorities’ ability to criticize.

The last 14 months have been an ordeal for the Jewess. In conversation with the “nd”, she speaks openly about her feelings. You can tell: it’s good for her to say things out loud. “Immediately after the attack, I had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. I struggled to get through life, to feed myself, and so on. It didn’t work, I didn’t work, ”she reports. The sport kept her alive: “I box a lot.” And, of course, her belief: In the last few days the Jewish community celebrated Hanukkah, the festival of lights that marked the rededication of the second temple in Jerusalem after the Greek occupation in that year 164 BC Remembered.

When she looks back at the process, however, she notices a change. At the beginning of the proceedings, the focus was on the assassin and his family history, the parents sat in court and refused to testify. Later, those affected had their say. Christina Feist also took the stand and reported on her experiences and suffering. “That loosened a knot for me,” she says today: “Of course, it is important to me that the defendant receives the maximum sentence, but I’m actually no longer interested in him.” The audience in the courtroom was visibly touched by the reports, too, and clapped again and again.

The statements of those affected did not shock the attacker at all. Rather, he tried to use the process as a stage for his racist and anti-Semitic worldview. The forensic psychiatrist Norbert Leygraf certifies Stephan B. in his report as having a complex personality disorder, but still classifies him as fully culpable. Defense attorney Hans-Dieter Weber pleaded that his mandate would be less liable to guilt because he was socially isolated and unable to deal with other people.

For community leader Max Privorozki, however, it was clear in his plea that Stephan B. had not radicalized himself through isolation: “The source is the accused’s family.” Right-wing extremism expert Matthias Quent brought 9 October 2019 into connection with other attacks : Stephan B. himself referred to the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, in which 51 people died six months earlier. He also wanted to motivate imitators. Christina Feist says: »The right-wing ideology behind the Halle attack is not new. We have known them for decades. “

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Defender in the Halle trial wants “fair judgment” after murders – politics

In the proceedings surrounding the right-wing terrorist attack in Halle, the defense called on the Higher Regional Court of Naumburg to issue a “fair judgment”. Defense attorney Hans-Dieter Weber did not call for a specific sentence in his plea. The lawyer admitted that the fatal shots taken by the assassin at Jana L. and Kevin S. constitute murder.

The attack on the synagogue, contrary to what the Federal Prosecutor demanded, should not be regarded as an attempted murder. Weber said the defendant resigned himself from attempting to storm the synagogue. In addition, the psychiatric report showed that the defendant had severe psychological problems. That diminishes the responsibility. The appraiser had found problems with the defendant, but judged him to be fully culpable.

On October 9, 2019, Stephan B. tried to kill 51 people who were celebrating the highest Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur, in the synagogue in Halle. He failed at the massive door, then shot the passer-by Jana L. and later in a kebab shop Kevin S. On the subsequent escape he injured other people. The process has been running since July before the Higher Regional Court (OLG) Naumburg, but due to lack of space it is taking place in Magdeburg.

The 28-year-old German confessed to the crimes and justified them with anti-Semitic, racist and anti-feminist conspiracy theories. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office calls for a life sentence with subsequent preventive detention and the determination of the particular gravity of the guilt, the secondary prosecution joined the claim. The verdict is due to be announced on December 21st.

Weber introduced his plea with very personal words. The mandate was the most difficult of his career. At the beginning of his lecture, the lawyer praised the statements of the bereaved and survivors of the attack. Above all, the testimony of a rabbi who had been to the synagogue and Kevin S.’s father touched him deeply. “My deepest condolences go to him, but of course to all other victims and relatives.”

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Aids aid worried: Fewer HIV tests due to the corona pandemic

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Aids aid worried: Fewer HIV tests due to the corona pandemic

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A man has blood drawn for an HIV test. Photo: Britta Pedersen / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa / symbol image

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People in Saxony-Anhalt are still getting HIV. Without treatment, AIDS can develop. Because of the corona pandemic, there are fewer HIV tests.

Magdeburg (dpa / sa) – The regional association of Aids-Hilfen fears a possible spread of HIV in view of poor test conditions. “Fewer people went to tests this year,” said the state manager of Aids-Hilfen, Sven Warminsky, in Magdeburg. There are various reasons for this. Among other things, the health authorities were closed or at full capacity because of the corona pandemic. Ordinarily people could get tested for HIV free of charge in the authorities, but they couldn’t have done it. In addition, many prevention offers were canceled due to the corona.

“What worries me is the next year,” said Warminsky. In view of the reduced number of tests, the number of HIV infections could rise again in 2021. According to the Robert Koch Institute, more people in Saxony-Anhalt tested positive for HIV in 2019 than in the previous year. In total, an estimated 1,100 people were living with HIV or AIDS in Saxony-Anhalt at the end of 2019. At the end of 2018 there were around 1000 affected.

“We advise everyone to come to us for the tests,” said the country manager. The contact points of the Aids-Hilfen in Halle and Magdeburg also offer free HIV tests. People could also be tested for sexually transmitted diseases there. In addition, there is the option of visiting the family doctor or buying a self-test to take at home.

Especially in view of the corona pandemic, it is important to get tested, said Warminsky. People with HIV belonged to the risk group if they were not yet receiving therapy. Therefore, it makes sense to know whether there is an infection. When the pandemic broke out in spring, there was noticeably more need for advice. In some cases, the contact points were overwhelmed.

“We have massively expanded our digital offering,” said Warminsky. In addition to advisory services by video phone call, there was also the opportunity to chat with the advisors via messenger. Response times have also been extended. In the meantime, protective screens have been built on-site and the supply of masks has been increased so that tests can be carried out in the advice centers. Aids-Hilfe bore the costs for this itself.

According to the Deutsche Aidshilfe, HIV is most often transmitted through unprotected sex or drug use. HIV therapy with drugs can suppress the virus in the body. HIV cannot then be transmitted even during sexual intercourse. An infection with HIV shows up by various symptoms like fever or rash. December 1st is World AIDS Day.

Information on HIV and AIDS

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Trial of the Halle assassin: plea for life imprisonment

The federal prosecutor’s office calls for life imprisonment for the Halle assassin. His act is one of the “most disgusting anti-Semitic acts since the Second World War”.

Life imprisonment required for the Halle assassin Stephan B. Photo: Ronny Hartmann / dpa

MAGDEBURG epd | On Wednesday, the Federal Prosecutor’s office called for a life sentence for Stephan B. She also demanded subsequent safe custody for the synagogue bomber. B. was fully culpable, said Federal Prosecutor Kai Lohse before the Naumburg Higher Regional Court and pleaded for a conviction for murder in two cases and attempted murder in several cases as well as other offenses such as sedition and assault. In addition, preventive detention should be ordered after detention because B. is dangerous for the general public. For security reasons, the process takes place in Magdeburg.

Lohse said that the accused had confessed, but had shown neither understanding nor remorse, but justified his actions. In just over an hour, Stephan B. had committed a large number of very serious crimes. The motives are deeply inhuman. The Federal Prosecutor spoke of one of the “most repulsive anti-Semitic acts since the Second World War”. This terrorist attack represents a turning point for everyone living in Germany: “The assassin, driven by irrepressible hatred and the will to destroy, wanted to cause a bloodbath in the synagogue.” B. failed at the synagogue door, but ultimately murdered two people, numerous further injured and traumatized.

“B. aimed at Jewish life and thus at all of us, ”said the federal prosecutor. “Jewish life is and will remain an indispensable part of Germany.” The racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic motivation named in the indictment was fully confirmed in the main hearing. In the legal sense, B. is a lone perpetrator, but he referred to National Socialism and “deliberately placed himself in a row of the perpetrators on the ramp at Auschwitz”.

At the beginning of December, the attorneys of the accessory prosecution and the defense followed suit. There are 45 joint plaintiffs represented by 21 attorneys. A judgment is expected this year.

The Federal Government’s anti-Semitism commissioner, Felix Klein, also followed the process on Wednesday. Klein said on the sidelines of the process that it had become clear how dangerous radicalization on the Internet is. This must be observed more closely and combated. In everyday life, too, one should not simply leave anti-Semitic narratives standing out of a misunderstood tolerance.

The anti-Semitism officer of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Christian Staffa, was also in the courtroom as a trial observer. Anti-Semitic, racist and misogynistic attitudes, such as those shown in the attack in Halle, are widespread and must be exposed in all contexts, said Staffa. This also applies to the area of ​​the churches.

B. carried out an attack on the synagogue in Halle on October 9, 2019. At the time of the attack, more than 50 believers were there on Yom Kippur, the highest Jewish holiday. Because he was unable to break into the synagogue with explosives and firearms, B. shot a 40-year-old passer-by and then shot a 20-year-old man in a kebab shop.

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Kindergarten teacher and Nazi bully (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

In flagranti: On the sidelines of the »Coronademo«, the neo-Nazis Sven Liebich and Caroline K. (center) beat a press representative (Leipzig, November 7th, 2020)

There were certainly disturbing moments when a person from the college of the social association Volkssolidarität Saale-Kyffhäuser e. V. in videos of the “lateral thinking” demo at the weekend in Leipzig identified a kindergarten teacher from the same sponsor while beating up a photographer. The matter has immediate consequences for the 24-year-old neo-Nazi activist Caroline K., who previously worked in a daycare center in Halle (Saale): The People’s Solidarity released her from work at the weekend and organized legal support for possible labor law disputes. The people’s solidarity, which was founded shortly after the liberation from fascism and celebrated its 75th anniversary a few weeks ago, has a long GDR tradition, is now independent of parties and sees itself as a representative of the interests of the socially disadvantaged, refugees, children and young people, for example.

Since when K. has been working in that daycare center is unclear. However, as early as six weeks ago, leaflets with their names and the heading “Caution Neo-Nazi” appeared not far from the facility. The flyer also shows K. on a photo with a smartphone cover that depicts the »Black Sun« popular with neo-Nazis and already with the SS (see jW from February 26th). In addition, it is made public on the leaflet where K. works that she regularly films left-wing demonstrations and protesters and that she appears “aggressive and ready to use violence”. She is also said to be the life partner of the bustling neo-Nazi Sven Liebich from Halle. Across from young world On Monday, the staff at the daycare center in question did not want to comment on how long K.’s activities had been known there. According to a post by world from Monday, however, several parents whose children are attending the day-care center are said to have demanded personal consequences because of K’s extremely right-wing activities. Accordingly, there had been a lengthy personal interview in which K. on the one hand “distanced himself from extremism of any kind” and on the other, as the report nebulously stated, admitted “her connections to demonstrations in Halle”.

A video from Saturday, published by the Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Anti-Semitism (JFDA eV), shows how a mob of at least ten people in Leipzig attacks journalists, targeting one man in particular. As was so often the case that day, the police initially did not intervene, although patrol cars can be seen near the crime scene. K. is almost permanently directly involved in the attack, which according to the video must have lasted almost 20 seconds. The photographer is hit and kicked several times with his fist and elbow. According to media reports, Sven Liebich himself is said to have been involved in the attack on the journalists, dressed in a white painter’s suit.

There are repeated reports about neo-Nazis and other organized rights as employees in child and youth care facilities. So reported the Mainpost in March of a case near Aschaffenburg, where an extreme right-wing “comrade” worked as a nanny in a Caritas daycare center, but a court refused to dismiss the woman. The Lausitzer Rundschau published a report from Cottbus in February, where a leading member of the fascist “Identitarian Movement” had been employed as a social worker in a youth facility and was at least suspended following public pressure.

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Trial of the attack in Halle: loner with online environment

The alleged Halle assassin spent a lot of time online – and found like-minded people there. The police are exposed to the statement of an expert.

Was the accused Halle assassin really just a lone perpetrator? Photo: Christian Schroedter / image

MAGDEBURG taz | The Halle assassin sat alone in the rental car, which he stopped in front of the synagogue in Halle on October 9, 2019 in order to forcibly storm it. He alone built the weapons with which he finally killed Jana L. and Kevin S. and injured other people. Only he drove out of town to a black person on the opposite side of the street.

The perpetrator was neither organized in classic right-wing extremist comradeships nor engaged in corresponding marches. He spent most of the time alone in front of his computer. He was – and is – a loner. This is also confirmed by the psychiatric report that was presented to the court on Tuesday. Yet he was not really alone in what he did.

The fact that it can still be read over and over again that the man was a lone perpetrator is probably also due to the fact that it has not yet been fully known what exactly the perpetrator was doing on his computer all the time. The police simply did not seem to have been able to find out, as was shown by the testimony of an investigator on an earlier day of the trial. It was not until Wednesday, the 19th day of the negotiations, that this large gap in the trial was filled.

The journalist, author and trainer Karolin Schwarz caught up with what the investigative authorities had not been able to do so far: to illuminate the perpetrator’s online environment. When the first pictures of the perpetrator appeared on the day of the attack, Schwarz went “on the Internet,” she told the court. It must have been between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., the perpetrator was still at large at that time.

The police remain blind

Schwarz knew where to look. The video, the writings of the perpetrator, the reactions of those he wanted to address – she found all of this during the day on the image boards Kohlchan, 4Chan and Meguca and the messanger service Telegram. “There was a whole series of derogatory statements: First and foremost, anti-Semitism, racism, anti-Muslim racism, misogyny, homophobia, in which the perpetrator was labeled accordingly, hostility to the disabled,” says Schwarz.

“IT STARTS TODAY! TODAY IS DAY X “, it says in a thread on the image board Kohlchain. For many rights, day X is the moment when the system tips over. It is one of many right-wing references and downright enthusiastic comments. They stand alongside derogatory comments about how few people the perpetrator killed and clear disappointment that the victims were Germans. “This shows that, overall, many wished that more had happened,” says Schwarz.

Anyone who understands the other users on imageboards as a pure audience is mistaken. Closer examination shows that the perpetrator’s frame of reference is significantly larger. “In parts of the scene, right-wing extremists are referred to as“ saints ”,” says Schwarz and shows corresponding entries. It is one of the terms used in this environment. The perpetrator knows these codes exactly. He himself wanted to become one of these supposed saints. “There are memes on which several terrorists are depicted and there is a free space that can be filled in,” says Karolin Schwarz.

The perpetrator wanted to fill the space. In his documents on the deed and in the live stream, he used terms that are used within the imageboards. Their users recognized the assassin as one of their own. So it was said on the day of the tattoo in a thread on Kohlchan: “It was guaranteed to be lurking here too”.

The symbolism of the photos that the assassin included in his document, the name “Anon” with which he introduced himself in the live stream (short form of Anonymus, the standard name of all users on English-language image boards) and certain “jokes” in his documents were loud Karolin Schwarz clearly points out connections.

An officer of the BKA is questioned about her, who examined a secured hard drive and a USB stick after the crime. The officer notes: The files contained material glorifying violence, anti-Semitic and racist material. What he does not find is the language and symbols that point not only to conspiracy ideologies but also to imageboards. For example, a folder is called “Pol”, as are the “politically incorrect” sub-forums on 4chan and others. When asked what this folder contained, the officer said that there was no dedicated evaluation.

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