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Alice Schwarzer and Sahra Wagenknecht: Politicians and scientists start a counter


Sahra Wagenknecht and Alice Schwarzer present themselves as peace activists. But critics fear that your rally could turn into a Kremlin show and a contact point for rights. Now a counter initiative is forming.

CDU politician Roderich Kiesewetter



The CDU politician Roderich Kiesewetter has launched a petition with several scientists entitled »Give up Ukraine now?

Not in our name!« started.

The occasion is the "Manifesto for Peace" by women's rights activist Alice Schwarzer and left-wing politician Sahra Wagenknecht.

In it, they call on the Chancellor to "stop the escalation in arms deliveries" and warn of a Russian nuclear strike.

They also call for a demonstration in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

Kiesewetter and the others write: »Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian women and their children in this country, whose husbands, brothers and fathers are currently fighting on the battlefield, are amazed at these ideologues who order »peace« with a manifesto – whatever the cost. « Peace without freedom is no peace.

"Anyone who thinks that we will wake up in peace tomorrow if we give up Ukraine now is wrong," the petition says.

The first signatories include the scientist Joachim Krause from the Institute for Security Policy at the University of Kiel and the former FDP MP Hildebrecht Braun.

It is frightening to watch from "the middle of our society" as "the right-wing and left-wing populist poles in Germany come full circle," they write.

In the meantime, the left continues to argue about the call.

The federal board had explicitly not called for the rally in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

Thuringia's Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow distanced himself, as did the state parliamentary group in a press release.

The reason for this is the lack of demarcation to the right.

Leftists run with them, leftists distance themselves

For days, right-wing extremist channels have been mobilizing for participation.

There is no clear demarcation to the right in Schwarzer's and Wagenknecht's appeal, which is apparently understood by the right-wingers as a coded invitation.

(Read the background to this here.) After criticism from his own party, Wagenknecht said on Friday: »That right-wing extremists who stand in the tradition of a regime that started the worst world war in living memory have no place at a peace demonstration , Needless to say."

Various sides of the left are calling for participation in Wagenknecht's rally, for example from the Bavarian state association or the Berlin-Mitte district association.

The state board of Berlin has also not called for participation so far.

The culture senator Klaus Lederer explicitly called for another event in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

"Against false understanding of Putin's imperial rampages," he tweeted.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2023-02-21

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