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Idar-Oberstein case: Seehofer criticizes Union faction - politicians see radicalization complicity in AfD


Because he pointed out the corona mask requirement, a man shot a gas station employee. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) now criticizes the blockade of numerous anti-extremism initiatives.

Because he pointed out the corona mask requirement, a man shot a gas station employee.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) now criticizes the blockade of numerous anti-extremism initiatives.

Berlin - After the killing of a gas station cashier in Idar-Oberstein because of a dispute over wearing a corona protective mask, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has shown himself to be disillusioned with the failure of several initiatives in the Bundestag.

"I am disappointed that three very important laws have been stopped by the Bundestag," Seehofer told the

Süddeutsche Zeitung

on Thursday.

Important proposals from the federal government were not taken up.

Seehofer called the act of Idar-Oberstein in quotes distributed by the Federal Ministry of the Interior on Twitter as "deeply shocking and completely unacceptable".

After killing in Idar-Oberstein: Seehofer calls for "awareness raising"

Instead of ever new penal norms, "awareness-raising" is what is needed, Seehofer told the newspaper. There are already good drafts to combat extremism, but these have been rejected in series in parliament over the past few months. For example, he agreed with Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey on a defensive democracy law. It should secure more money for initiatives and organizations that work for democratic values ​​and against extremist tendencies. "Unfortunately, the Bundestag has not approved the law," said Seehofer. The move had failed because of "nicknames". It was Seehofer's own parliamentary group, the CDU / CSU, that blocked the project after the ministers had reached an agreement.

The deletion of the term “race” from the Basic Law did not come about in the current legislature either, to the regret of the minister.

"We have to delete the term race from the Basic Law," he told the newspaper.

“That is not the language used by enlightened democrats.” Even a further tightening of the gun law proposed by the federal government in the spring no longer passed the Bundestag.

Domestic politicians blame the AfD for the radicalization of the lateral thinker movement

Meanwhile, domestic politicians of several parties have given the AfD a share of responsibility for the radicalization of the “lateral thinker” scene.

"The AfD is the top agent of political radicalization in Germany," said the domestic political spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group, Konstantin Kuhle, the


newspapers on Thursday.

The perpetrator from Idar-Oberstein supported the party “on social media,” said Kuhle to the



"By spreading their confused dictatorship allegations during the corona pandemic, right-wing extremists share responsibility for the radicalization of certain population groups, including the perpetrators from Idar-Oberstein." Even the murderer of Kassel's regional president Walter Lübcke had posters for the AfD hung up and donated their money.

Killing in Idar-Oberstein after Corona mask dispute: domestic politicians argue about AfD

The domestic policy spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group, Ute Vogt, made serious accusations against the AfD.

"Since entering the German Bundestag, the AfD has made a significant contribution to the enormous increase in hatred and agitation on the streets and in social media," Vogt told the



The party “quickly recognized the potential and used the lateral thinker scene for itself”.

The CDU / CSU Union expressed itself a little more cautiously: "To look for the reasons for this horrific act alone with the AfD is too easy," said the domestic political spokesman for the Union faction, Mathias Middelberg, the



"But of course the AfD is contributing to an increasing polarization of our society with its targeted provocations."

This also leads to lower inhibition thresholds.

Idar-Oberstein: 49-year-old shoots petrol station employees after a dispute with compulsory masks

It must now be examined in detail what drove the perpetrator to the act.

"If there are connections to the lateral thinker scene, the observation of this movement may have to be intensified," said Middelberg.

It must be clear to everyone: “The core of the so-called lateral thinkers is no longer concerned with the Corona measures, but with combating our democratic constitutional state.

This clearly crosses a red line. ”Middelberg demanded that anyone who would like to continue protesting against corona measures should clearly distance themselves from the lateral thinker scene.


Police officers secure the crime scene in Idar-Oberstein.

© Christian Schulz / Photo Hosser / dpa

On Saturday, a 20-year-old student who worked at a gas station in Idar-Oberstein was shot.

The occasion was apparently a dispute about the obligation to wear a corona mask.

According to the police, the alleged perpetrator stated in his interrogation that he rejected the corona protective measures.

Accordingly, the 49-year-old shot the young cashier out of anger at his request to wear a mask.

(AFP / frs)

Source: merkur

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