Sarah-Lee Heinrich: "That was not okay"
Bodo Schackow / dpa
The newly elected federal spokeswoman for the Green Youth, Sarah-Lee Heinrich, does not want to withdraw from the public after a controversy about earlier statements by her and threats.
"Then the Shitstorm would have reached its destination," she said in an interview with "Zeit Online".
"I'm looking forward to representing the Green Youth as federal spokeswoman."
After Heinrich was elected co-spokeswoman for the youth organization at the Federal Green Youth Congress on Saturday, statements from her that were several years old sparked a heated online controversy. Among other things, it was about a tweet from her account with which she responded with "Heil" to a swastika. Heinrich said she didn't remember the tweet but apologized for it. Now she said to “Zeit Online”: “That was not okay, just like all the other discriminatory statements. No matter how ironic I might want to be when I was 14. "
On Monday Heinrich initially withdrew from the public for a few days.
"I have received a large number of death threats in the past few days," she said, "Zeit Online."
The "shitstorm" against them came from right-wing networks that wanted to play groups off against one another.
"They say that you have to make a decision: whoever is in favor of climate protection is anti-social," explained Heinrich.
It is about "a climate protection policy that is not carried out on the back of the poor."
She was deliberately not attacked because of her socio-political positions, said Heinrich.
“That would have been difficult, too.
Rights cannot say that they are against social policy.
That is why the internet is specifically looking for ways to discredit us as a party or me as a person. "
About her old statements, which can be understood as threats or fantasies of violence, the now 20-year-old said: “When I wrote the tweets, I was 13 or 14 years old, so I spent and have spent a lot of time on the Internet I am mainly concerned with Battlerap and the YouTuber scene at the time.
There was a different tone and a different sense of humor, especially when it came to discriminatory jokes and sayings. ”She thought that was normal at the time, but that's not why she deleted the tweets many years ago.
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