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The public prosecutor's office in Würzburg is checking whether the scenic depiction of corpses and portraits of politicians in Würzburg on Saturday was a criminal offense.
There were several criminal charges, the public prosecutor said when asked.
"These will now be subjected to a closer examination when a comprehensive criminal assessment is carried out," says a press release.
In particular, the offense of sedition and public incitement to criminal offenses would come into consideration.
During the demonstration, the right-wing extremist party laid out three straw dolls on a square in downtown Würzburg, which were covered with white cloths stained with fake blood.
Directly behind these symbolic corpses, the party put up three large portraits of the Chancellor candidates Olaf Scholz (SPD), Annalena Baerbock (Greens) and Armin Laschet (CDU), with the inscription “Nice and colorful here”.
The public prosecutor's office also explicitly mentions the car with the inscription "Reserved for traitors" in the background of the scene.
This happened just a few steps from the place where three people died in a fatal knife attack by a civil war refugee on June 25th.
According to the public prosecutor's office, "only a manageable small group" of 15 to 20 participants took part in the demonstration - significantly fewer than in the counter-demonstration with 200 to 300 participants.
A representative of the public prosecutor's office was "routinely" on site.
The Lower Franconia police had announced that the actions on the spot had been "examined by a representative of the public prosecutor and the legal department of the Lower Franconian police headquarters";
thereafter, however, they would have "not fulfilled a criminal offense".
The party had previously registered the demonstration and explicitly announced a staged representation of the bloody act from the end of June.
According to the press release of the city of Würzburg on Monday, the staging was described as follows: Use of stuffed painter's suits, which are covered with red-colored sheets and thus represent victims of the knife attack on June 25th.
Staged differently than announced
When asked by SPIEGEL, the city announced that, according to the registration, a participant with his back to the audience was supposed to "play the role" of a well-known politician "to the side" of the puppets; alternatively, three so-called stand-up displays would be used "to represent the politicians". In fact, the party placed the portraits of Scholz, Baerbock and Laschet directly behind the heads of the corpses and in front of the car with the inscription "Traitor to the People".
According to the city's press release, "the police and, via the police, the public prosecutor's office were involved and informed in advance of the planned rally and staging."
In a notice of the city's meeting it was expressly stated that "means of demonstration" as well as "the scenic representation" should not violate criminal law, the legal system or the idea of international understanding in their content.
Express reference was made to individual aspects of criminal law, such as the fact that “no offensive content” should be disseminated, or that hatred against sections of the population should not be incited or violence or arbitrary measures should be called for.
"Tasteless and lacking in all decency"
The city of Würzburg now evaluates the "specifically implemented staging on site as tasteless and lacking in any decency".
The depiction was "extremely disrespectful", in particular because it was "presented in the immediate vicinity of the crime scene at the time."
It hits "the urban society in the way of the processing of the events right to the core."
Controversial election poster (above) in Zwickau (on September 15, 2021)
Bodo Schackow / dpa
The right-wing extremist splinter party had previously provoked with election posters with the slogan »Hang the Greens«. The city of Zwickau had taken action against this, but the administrative court in Chemnitz had approved these posters under temporary legal protection on the condition that a distance of 100 meters to election posters of the Greens was maintained. The Greens have now successfully sued the Munich Regional Court for an omission: After that, the party is no longer allowed to use these posters in public.