Warns of the consequences in the verdict against Lina E: Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD). © Bernd von Jutrczenka/Sebastian Willnow/dpa
Because of attacks on neo-Nazis: In the trial against Lina E., the verdict comes - and the Minister of the Interior warns of a spiral of violence. Because the scene prepares for "Day X".
Dresden - Unjustified attacks on political opponents: Shortly before the verdict in the trial against the alleged left-wing extremist Lina E., Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) defended the actions of the rule of law. "Here, inhibitions have been lowered to attack political opponents with extreme brutality. As a state governed by the rule of law, we must consistently put a stop to this," the politician told the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND), adding: "No goal justifies political violence." At the same time, she warned of a spiral of violence. Because the left-wing scene is already preparing for "Day X".
Verdict against Lina E.: Trial against Nazi hunter triggers fear of day X
On Wednesday (31 May), the Higher Regional Court of Dresden will pronounce the verdict against the alleged left-wing extremist Lina E. and three other defendants. The Federal Prosecutor's Office accuses them of brutally beating up people from the right-wing scene in Leipzig, Wurzen and Eisenach between 2018 and 2020. Lina E., a native of Kassel, is considered the head of the group, which is said to have acted as a criminal organization.
The prosecution requested eight years in prison for the 28-year-old student and neo-Nazi hunter Lina E. For the three men, aged 28 to 37, prison sentences of between two years and nine months and three years and nine months were demanded. The defense criticized the proceedings as a "political trial" and demanded acquittals, as reported by the dpa news agency.
Antifa prepares for Day X: Police expect demonstrations and riots after verdict
In the left-wing scene and Antifa, demonstrations have already been called for Lina E. and her comrades-in-arms - for the day of the pronouncement of the verdict and for next Saturday. Security authorities fear riots and want to be prepared with a large contingent of police. In some cases, the right of assembly has already been restricted in Leipzig for the so-called "Day X". According to the security authorities, the scene has been mobilizing for months for the demonstrations - in some cases even throughout Europe.
Fight against left-wing extremism: Interior Minister Faeser announces crackdown
The federal and state governments are prepared. "The criminal proceedings against Lina E. and her three co-defendants have met with a high response in the violent left-wing extremist scene since the arrest of the main defendants in 2020," Faeser said. The authorities are paying particular attention to the violent threats and would intervene consistently if crimes were to be committed. For this, the Federal Police would support the respective state police. Coordination will take place in the coming days at the Counter-Terrorism and Extremism Centre, Faeser said.
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Thuringia's Interior Minister Georg Maier (SPD) also warned against trivializing the scene around Lina E. "You have to suspect a network behind it," said the politician. Because there is a recognizable structure. Two or three people were not enough to take action against political opponents. The deeds had been professionally prepared. (jkf/)