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Green politicians: appearance of "lateral thinkers" in the flood area is "shameless"

2021-07-22T05:08:53.897Z

With a police-like car, "lateral thinkers" try to spread false information. The police warn against the instrumentalisation of the crisis. Now a Green politician has spoken out.



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Mayschoss is a local community in the Ahrweiler district in Rhineland-Palatinate: The flood was extremely raging here

Photo: Christoph Reichwein (crei) / imago images / Reichwein

The clean-up work after the flood disaster in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia is ongoing.

In the meantime, right-wing extremists and supporters of the so-called lateral thinker scene are trying to instrumentalize the situation for their own purposes.

The Koblenz police warned of vehicles with loudspeakers that resemble police vehicles.

These would spread false reports in the disaster area.

The deputy chairman of the Green parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Konstantin von Notz, has now criticized the appearance of supporters of the "lateral thinkers" movement in the disaster area in Rhineland-Palatinate.

"That lateral thinkers, Reich citizens, Holocaust deniers and other right-wing extremists try to celebrate their personal day X in the face of the suffering of the people and the tragedy of the flood is simply shameless," von Notz told the editorial network Germany.

Obstructing the emergency services and deliberately weakening state infrastructures is not only counterproductive, it may also be punishable under certain circumstances.

A police spokesman had told the dpa news agency that in Ahrweiler, which was particularly badly affected by the flooding, a police-like car marked "Peace Vehicle" had moved.

"Such a paint job is not forbidden as long as it doesn't say police, it doesn't have a blue light or a sovereign police coat of arms," ​​said the spokesman.

According to the police, the false report was spread from this vehicle on Tuesday that the number of emergency services would be reduced.

The police are still in the disaster area without interruption, the spokesman said.

"We know about the presence from social media and are of course also present on site," he said.

»If people from this spectrum present themselves there in public, we cannot ignore it.

We evaluate it from the police. ”On Tuesday, the Koblenz police announced on Twitter that they knew that right-wing extremists were currently posing as“ carers on site ”.

lukewarm / dpa

Source: spiegel

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