The AfD parliamentary group in the Bundestag has dismissed its former spokesman Christian Lüth because of inhuman statements about migrants that are quoted in a television documentary. The AfD parliamentary group unanimously decided to terminate the contract without notice, said a spokesman. The chairman Alexander Gauland announced this in the parliamentary group meeting, from which numerous MPs had previously demanded consequences for Lüth. He was spokesman for the parliamentary group for a long time and spokesman for the party for several years. In reports about Time online Statements attributed to that in the documentation of the station Pro Sieben Right. German. radical be quoted. Lüth initially did not comment on the allegations.
In the documentation, among other things, the statement is given that the AfD has an interest in the situation in Germany deteriorating. This was discussed with Gauland: “The worse Germany is doing, the better for the AfD.” In addition, the AfD functionary, who is not named in the film, is credited with saying about migrants that more migrants should be allowed into the country. “We can still shoot them all afterwards, that’s not an issue at all, or gass them, or whatever you want, I don’t care,” he is reported to have said. According to the broadcaster, the statements were overheard and recorded by witnesses without his knowledge during a conversation between the AfD functionary and a Youtuber. He is not shown in the documentation, nor is his name mentioned.
Lüth had been suspended from his post as spokesman for the parliamentary group months ago because he is said to have boasted to a woman that he was a fascist. The parliamentary group recently elected the new press spokesman Markus Schmidt as his successor, but Lüth should actually continue to be employed.
He was long considered a close confidante of parliamentary group leader Gauland and, due to his many contacts, was also influential in the party.
Before the AfD moved into the Bundestag, Lüth was the spokesman for the federal party under the chairmen Bernd Lucke, Frauke Petry and later Jörg Meuthen and Alexander Gauland. The parliamentary group leader said the statements attributed to Lüth are completely unacceptable and in no way compatible with the goals and policies of the AfD and the AfD parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. “
On Monday evening, the AfD had its spokesman explain that Lüth was no longer a member of the party. He has not spoken for the AfD since January 2018, when he switched to the parliamentary group and became its spokesman. “His currently thematized statements, which he made in February 2020 and which are in direct contrast to the free-democratic principles of our party, can therefore in no way be attributed to the AfD,” said the spokesman.