Thuringia’s AFD boss Björn Höcke has demanded a sharper deportation policy in view of the deadly attack at Frankfurt’s main station.
“The murder in Frankfurt was not an isolated incident. Rather, this is the result of – and this may sound a bit cynical – man-made climate change,” said Höcke at the election campaign start of the AfD Youth Young Alternative (JA) in Cottbus. “I’m talking about the societal climate change in this country, which takes place before all our eyes since September 4, 2015.” He referred to the day when Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) made the decision to open the borders to Germany for several thousand refugees.
Last Monday, a 40-year-old man had pushed a mother and eight-year-old son into an arriving train. The boy was overrun by the train. An Eritrean resident of Switzerland was arrested as a suspected perpetrator.
According to Höcke, foreigners in Germany commit offenses more often than average. Physical injuries, sexual assaults, murder and manslaughter by immigrants had increased significantly between 2014 and 2018 – referring to data from the Federal Criminal Police Office. He demanded consequences and said in view of the elections: “We want a farewell culture in Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony for illegal immigrants.” One must also think about “border protection at the national borders.” When he shouted, “We want our black-red-gold country back,” there was applause.
According to a study by the media scientists Thomas Hestermann (Hamburg) and Elisa Hoven (Leipzig), the AfD systematically stirs up fear of immigrants in press releases on crime. The scientists had all 242 press releases of the AfD on crime in Germany from last year analyzed and compared with the crime statistics: “As far as the AfD in the case of suspects called the nationality, 95 percent are foreigners, only 5 percent German,” said Hestermann on demand.
The Brandenburger AFD country chief and top candidate Andreas Kalbitz attacked in Cottbus the climate protection requirements of the Greens and the 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. “If we do everything that Greta and the Greens say, we will not fly anymore, eat no more meat, best of all, stop having children,” said Kalbitz.
Not far from the venue of the Young Alternatives in Cottbus, a broad coalition called “Appell von Cottbus” protested under the slogan “Platzverweis: Höcke.” Brandenburg’s Minister of Culture Martina Münch (SPD), who participated, said: “We want to show that we are a majority.”
Höcke is the founder of the right-wing national “wing” in the AfD, which, like the JA, is classified by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution as a “suspected case” in the area of right-wing extremism.
Party leader Meuthen criticized an event of the “wing” in early May in Bavaria, in which all three verses of the German song were sung and stood by the Höcke smiling. “These are processes that we should not have, and we have not in the AfD, which was a ‘wing’ event, and the” wing “is not part of the AfD,” said Meuthen in the ZDF summer interview. “The members who are within our program and at the same time belong to the” wing “belong without any ifs and buts to our party, those who represent extremist positions, that is a small minority, against which I resolutely turn.”
Meuthen conceded a “direction debate,” but showed self-confidently: “I’m very, very sure, that’s why I see this more relaxed than some, that the majorities are there, wherever I am, so bourgeois, conservative, liberal.”