Germany: A farright Series of Power in the Reichstag
It had been an assault on our own democracy, ” said Stephan Hebel in the Frankfurter Rundschau (Germany). Throughout a dem onstration in Berlin a week against coronavirus limitations, hundreds of neoNazis bearing the flag of the pre 1918 German Empire tried to storm the Reichstag, the German parliament. The mob burst through obstacles and made its
Way onto the building’s steps prior to being pushed back by the outnumbered police. Among ordinary Germans,”that the outrage was unanimous, spanning from left to right”–even the farright Alternate for Germany celebration, which helped arrange the
Demonstration, tried to distance itself in the spectacle. Because let’s be clear: The black, black, white, and red imperial flag is exactly what neo Nazis wave since the swastika is prohibited here. Photos of this mayhem were published around the world, bringing shame upon Germany. Some protesters complain they are not liable for the activities of a rowdy minority, pointing out that most of those 38,000 rallygoers were marching to denounce mask requirements and to involve the resignation of Chancellor Angela Merkel. But , then, did not they exclude extremists in the rally?
Wo bleibt eigentlich die Debatte darüber, dass mit Hansjörg Müller ein Bundestagsabgeordneter der #AfD Reichsbürger-Thesen vertritt und gemeinsam mit Neonazis Polizeiabsperrungen angreift? Sind wir nach 4 Jahren AfD im #Reichstag wirklich schon so abgestumpft?#b2908 #b2908info https://t.co/8QnEpMeTIy— Robert Wagner (@robertwagner198) September 6, 2020
It’s unfair to smear all of the demonstrators as Hitler devotees, stated Kolja Reichert at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany). “Just like a market scene in a Star Wars film,” the crowd was a motley set of unrelated species, such as QAnon believers, anarchists, Covid19 deniers, neoNazis, hippies, and the usual”demotourists” who show up to all. There was no theme. The randomness was most pronounced when”the celebrity guest from America,” antivaxxer Robert
F. Kennedy Jr., told the protesters that they alone stood against”the 5G conspir acy of Zuckerberg, Gates, and Bezos.” Then he repeated his uncle JFK’s line,”Ich bin ein Berliner,” a senseless statement that nevertheless brought cheers.
You crazy radicals.— E. (@ETheFriend) September 2, 2020
How dare you think for yourselves.
Berlin city governments are to blame for this debacle, stated Karen von Guttenberg in Bild (Germany). They denied permission for the protest, stating it’d be a health hazard through the pandemic. The end result was a vastly improved turnout, as individuals radicalized from the initial ban”felt strengthened in their view that they were residing in an alleged dictatorship.” And Berlin stationed only six police officers directly before the Reichstag, heroes”who were the last bastion” of the democracy.
This hysteria is absurd, said Tomas Spahn at TichysEinblick
.de. “Nothing really happened.” A couple of protesters climbed the steps, and leftwingers pretend that this is somehow”the storm ing of the Reichstag”? It would appear that the government wants to brand every critic a Nazi. It’s a mistake to downplay the hatred on display last weekend,” said Birgit Baumann at Der Standard (Austria). NeoNazis utilized to continue to themselves and maintain individual marches. The fact that they now”mingle easily” with additional dem onstrators is scary. Regular protesters may end up getting sucked into that ideology, and”the area of protest could become entirely brownshirts.” Germany’s neighbors are watching with alarm.