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“Extreme fear”: Bavarian Greens break off meeting after violent farmers’ protests

2024-02-22T20:31:38.467Z

Highlights: “Extreme fear”: Bavarian Greens break off meeting after violent farmers’ protests. Around 300 demonstrating farmers disrupted party members and interrupted the meeting. Green Party politician under police protection “insulted and shouted at” by farmers. Even the Upper Franconian district association of the Bavarian Farmers' Association (BBV) condemned the action. The incident in Hirschaid was not an isolated case. According to the dpa, there have been repeated riots and insults as part of the farmers' protests.



As of: February 22, 2024, 9:15 p.m

By: Laura May

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The political climate against the Greens is becoming harsher.

Once again the party had to cancel an event due to security concerns - this time in the Bamberg district.

Hirschaid - The Bamberg-Land Green District Association canceled its annual general meeting on Wednesday evening (February 21) for security reasons.

Around 300 demonstrating farmers disrupted party members and interrupted the meeting.

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The farmers gathered with 60 tractors in front of the event location in Hirschaid.

BR24

reports this,

citing police information.

They disrupted the party meeting with whistles and horns, banging on windows and setting off fireworks.

The protests were so violent that the party members present decided to break off their meeting early.

Green Party politician under police protection “insulted and shouted at” by farmers

According to district chairman Tim-Luca Rosenheimer, the situation was “threatening and intimidating”.

“As we left the community center, we were under police protection from the crowd of protesters who were shouting insults at us,” he told

BR24

.

The evening was a “violent experience” for him.

“Many party colleagues did not feel safe and were extremely afraid.” The situation was alarming, said the district chairman, because party work is very important for democracy.

The police now have a duty to better ensure the security of democratic party meetings in the future.

On Wednesday he personally made several emergency calls because there were not enough emergency services on site.

“Not our style” – farmers’ association condemns the action, police also warn

Rosenheimer also discovered supporters of the lateral thinker movement among the protesters; the protest as a whole was threatening and apart from objective discussion.

Even the Upper Franconian district association of the Bavarian Farmers' Association (BBV) condemned the action.

It is not the organization's style; its protests are always registered and approved.

The incident in Hirschaid was not an isolated case.

According to the dpa,

there have been repeated riots and insults as part of the farmers' protests

in recent weeks , for example when Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) was insulted in Nuremberg last week.

Criticism of the mobilization is now coming from various quarters.

For example, Jochen Kopelke, head of the GdP police union, warned of radicalization and a growing danger from the farmers' protests.

Source: merkur

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