Status: 02.10.2023, 06:00 a.m.
By: Andreas Jäger
On Friday evening, around 1000,<> citizens demonstrated in front of the Peißenberg Tiefstollenhalle against the appearance of the right-wing extremist AfD politician Björn Höcke. © Ralf Ruder
Around 500 visitors watched the performance of AfD right-winger Björn Höcke in the Peißenberg Tiefstollenhalle on Friday evening. In front of the hall, twice as many people demonstrated against the event with the right-wing extremist politician – almost all peacefully.
Peißenberg – Anyone who was out and about around the Peißenberg Tiefstollenhalle last Friday evening will have noticed one thing in particular: it was loud. The reason for this: On the occasion of the election campaign finale, the AfD had invited one of its most prominent and at the same time most controversial faces to the rally – the Thuringian state chairman Björn Höcke. To protest against this, an alliance of various parties, trade unions and social associations was formed.
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The closer you got to the Tiefstollenhalle, the louder it became. Around 1000,500 demonstrators had come together, according to police. According to the police, a total of around <> visitors to the AfD event who walked past the demonstrators were greeted with boos and sometimes with outstretched middle fingers. Again and again, chants such as "Nazis out" or "Nazis, piss off" were heard. However, most of the AfD visitors did not seem particularly impressed by this, and some of them reacted with "yes" or a short wave in the direction of the demonstrators. Representatives of the participating organizations repeatedly took the floor to clarify their attitude towards the AfD.
Attacks on police officers
"The predominantly bourgeois audience of the counter-event demonstrated peacefully," summarizes the Weilheim police inspectorate in its press release. "However, a group of about twelve people, who had traveled from surrounding districts, mingled with the peaceful demonstrators and attacked the deployed officers." No one was injured. "The personal details of the group of people belonging to the left-wing spectrum have been established," the police said, "and criminal proceedings have been initiated." Due to a battle of words between an AfD steward and a counter-demonstrator at the end of the meeting, investigations were also initiated for an insult and a traffic offense.
Appearance Björn Höcke: The Thuringian AfD leader (right) enters the Tiefstollenhalle, which is filled with around 500 visitors – next to him constituency candidate Benjamin Nolte. © Ralf Ruder
In the Tiefstollenhalle, one thing in particular was immediately noticeable: there was a great deal of media interest – numerous cameras, microphones and notepads pulled out. Then, suddenly, excitement, the audience jumped up, there was clapping, photos were taken – Björn Höcke had arrived. Before his speech began, Gerrit Huy, a member of the Bundestag, and the constituency candidates Thomas Musil (Landsberg/Fürstenfeldbruck-West), Ingo Hahn (Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen) and Benjamin Nolte (Weilheim-Schongau) addressed a few words to the visitors of the campaign event.
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With regard to Thuringia, where the AfD, together with the CDU and FDP, had initiated a reduction in real estate transfer tax, Nolte emphasized that this was "right and important". However, Nolte did not skimp on criticism of the CDU/CSU, saying it was "infiltrated by dangerous left-wing ideologues" and, like the Greens, stood for "total climate dictatorship" and "gender propaganda".
"Strong signal against the united cartel of the Buntists"
At 20:50 p.m., Huy announced the "climax" of the evening, it became loud again in the hall. Accompanied by a standing ovation, Höcke took the stage. He had arrived for seven hours, said the Thuringian opposition leader at the beginning of his speech. The AfD stands for "more Bavaria and more Germany," he stressed, and sends a "strong signal against the united cartel of buntists" – by which Höcke meant all other parties. The 51-year-old sharply criticized the increasing trend towards postal voting, as it was "susceptible to manipulation". Höcke wants to send Thuringia's Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (Left) and "his Communist clique" "into undeserved retirement" in next year's election.
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"Stop the road to a new dictatorship"
In terms of foreign policy, the AfD politician would like to see Germany as a mediator between East and West: "with a sense of proportion and a will for peace," as he said. When it comes to climate policy, there is "no freedom of expression," Höcke continued, which is why he called for a scientific rather than ideological discourse. According to Höcke, some East Germans now feel almost like they are in the GDR again, which is why he wants to "stop the path to a new dictatorship".
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