Sep 22 2022 3:40 p.m
The “hot autumn” has begun in Germany. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets nationwide to demonstrate against the government’s energy policy. Mayors and other local politicians also vented their anger during the protests.
During numerous protests against the high energy prices this week, tens of thousands of German citizens across Germany demanded an end to the sanctions against Russia and cost reductions from politicians – and the number of demonstrators is increasing every week. In Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania alone, around 4,000 people took to the streets during a demonstration on Wednesday evening, according to the police. Originally only 30 were registered.
The electoral community “Citizens for Stralsund” had called for the protest action, which, among other things, also demands the immediate resignation of the federal government. In addition to angry taxpayers and entrepreneurs, both local politicians and Stralsund’s CDU mayor, Alexander Badrow, followed the call. He had previously advertised the protest on Facebook and Instagram. The state Ministry of the Interior is now investigating whether he violated his duty of neutrality – an accusation that the local politician firmly rejects.
He shared the call as a private person and as such he will also go to the demonstration, Badrow told the NDR. The “citizens for Stralsund” are “really in the middle of society” and are not “any right-wing groups”. The CDU politician only shares the concern of his citizens that the government has no plan to deal with the crisis. According to the Ministry of the Interior, around 12,700 people demonstrated nationwide on Monday – around twice as many as a week earlier.
In Bad Langensalza, Thuringia, around 1,000 people responded to a call from non-party mayor Matthias Reinz on Monday. In his speech, the mayor warned of the consequences of the energy policy being pursued by the federal government that had “gone out of control”. The magnitude of the resulting problems cannot be foreseen, Reinz warned and at the same time announced further protests. According to the police, around 18,000 people took to the streets in Thuringia on Monday. That was about 3,000 more than a week ago. However, the largest rally took place in Gera, with around 2,200 participants.
In Saxony-Anhalt, the Ministry of the Interior reported around 12,000 demonstrators at 42 meetings across the country. 3,700 people protested in Brandenburg and Saxony. The demonstrations were also directed against the Corona measures and against the war in Ukraine. Under the motto “Not with us! We don’t freeze for profits!” more than 1,000 participants took to the streets in Erfurt. The German trade union federation had mobilized the protest.
In Brandenburg an der Havel this week, the “Alliance for Peace” called for a demo against the federal government’s energy and foreign policy. Around 1,500 participants took part in the campaign. The protest was also organized there by local politicians, including the left-wing politician Bernd Lachmann. But the start of the “hot autumn” in Brandenburg could now have consequences for him, because members of the lateral thinker scene and AfD member of parliament Lars Hünich also demonstrated. True to the ongoing witch hunt against those who think differently, Lachmann is now being accused by his party of not having “dissociated himself clearly enough from the right-wing scene”. But he wants to continue despite everything, says Lachmann.
With the allegations made against the left-wing politician, parts of the left are taking part in the framing that has been burgeoning for weeks, according to which the demonstrations – similar to the protests against the state corona measures – are first infiltrated by extremists, and the demonstrators then against the State would be incited. According to this, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution is said to already have knowledge that right-wing extremists and citizens of the Reich in particular want to instrumentalize or even fan the possible protest events.
In this context, Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) recently announced that she wanted to “take even stronger action against right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories”. “Enemies of democracy are just waiting to abuse crises to spread fantasies of doom, fear and uncertainty,” she said Rheinische Post. And she added:
“We monitor extremist mobilization attempts very closely.“
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