Monday, September 10, 2018

Hetzjagd

While in the States POTUS denounces the witch hunt, Chancellor Merkel talks about the hunting down of people during recent right-wing riots in Chemnitz. They were triggered by the death of 35-year-old Daniel H., a German, stabbed by two refugees over a dispute during a funfair.

The two suspects accused of homicide, 22-year-old Iraqi Jussif A. and 23-year-old Syrian Alaa S., are in custody but the circumstances that led to the crime are still a mystery.

During the evenings following the homicide, a right-wing mob shouting Nazi slogans - a few showing the Hitler salute - roamed the streets of Chemnitz. Some participants started to hunt down people who looked like immigrants. Videos and eyewitnesses “confirm” those and other acts of violence.

Blankziehen or mooning the police in Chemnitz ©ARD/Morgenmagazin
Instead, Hans-Georg Maaßen, head of Germany’s FBI, murmured that there was "no reliable information" that "right-wing extremist hunts" had taken place in Chemnitz and a corresponding video could be "deliberately false information". Fake news in Germany?

In principle, Maaßen followed in his appreciation his master’s voice, Minister of Interior Horst Seehofer, although the latter and other center-right politicians demand that Maaßen must reveal the sources supporting his statement.

At present waves of political anger are sweeping over Germany. The opposition parties demand the immediate dismissal of the guardian of our Grundgesetz (the German constitution), although it possibly was easier to fire James Comey than it will be to dismiss Hans-Georg Maaßen.

As a result of the Chemnitz riots, democratic groups are standing up to promulgate #wirsindmehr. Their slogan aims to underline that the majority of Germans outnumbers the right-wing mob. However, the fatal heart attack of a 22-year-old German following his quarrel with two Afghans at Köthen in Saxony-Anhalt two days ago will add grist* to the mills of the right-wingers.
*In German we say, “Water to the mills”

©ZDF/Heute Show
Is Horst Seehofer right with his statement, ”The migration issue is the mother of all political problems in this country”?

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