After the attack on a synagogue in Halle and the murder of two people, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) also sees "some representatives of the AfD" as responsible. He described her as an "intellectual arsonist" in an interview with the "Bayerischer Rundfunk".
"One is these terrible perpetrators of violence, where we must be the best possible protection against or must try to recognize them in time," he told the radio station Bayern 2. The other are the "intellectual arsonists": "Unfortunately, there are also some representatives The AfD in a very outrageous manner in recent years more and more noticed. "The customer review has been automatically translated from German.
Specifically, he called the Thuringian AfD politician Björn Höcke: "He is one of these intellectual arsonists when it comes to spreading more anti-Semitism in our country." The political debate would now have to be conducted consistently.
Karin Prien (CDU), Minister of Education, Science and Culture in Schleswig-Holstein, retweeted Hermann's interview about her account. It's time to name things, she said. "The fertile breeding ground for Halle's assassination is also being promoted by the AfD."
It's time to name things loud and clear. The age-old breeding ground for the attack on #Halle is also being promoted by the AfD. https://t.co/uB4r7IlxcJ- Karin Prien (@PrienKarin) October 10, 2019
A heavily armed right-wing extremist had tried on Wednesday to penetrate a synagogue in Halle and cause a bloodbath among dozens of believers there. His attempt failed, after which he shot two people in front of the synagogue and then in a nearby kebab snack and injured at least two others. The perpetrator was arrested shortly thereafter and identified as Stephan Balliet.
"Through this incitement individual criminals feel legitimated"
"Big complicity" in the attack also sees SPD politician Karl Lauterbach at the AfD. He wrote on Twitter: "It is the AfD's hate speech that gave right-wing extremism a political voice, which makes certain criminals legitimized to commit their atrocities." The criminals, including Halle's, want the agitators of the AfD. "
It is the hate speech of the AfD that gave right-wing extremism a political voice. Through this incitement individual criminals feel legitimated to commit their atrocities. The agitators of the AfD want the criminals, including in Halle, like. The AfD is a big contributor- Karl Lauterbach (@Karl_Lauterbach) 9th October 2019
Similarly, the former president of the Central Council of Jews, Charlotte Knobloch expressed. The assassination of Halle makes clear how quickly the words of political extremists can become deeds. "I would be interested in this situation, what the AfD says about such excesses, for which it has prepared the ground with their non-culture of hatred and incitement," she wrote in a press release.
Video from Halle: "Like a ghost town"
Late Wednesday evening Björn Höcke contacted Facebook on the attack. He felt "deep disgust, grief and anger over this act," wrote the AfD politician. The message reached him in the middle of the campaign appearance. "Every decent person must disgust this act," it continues. For him, however, it was also clear that it had apparently acted as a single offender.