The judgment of the AfD parliamentary group leader from Saxony-Anhalt was clear. “Morally reprehensible,” said Oliver Kirchner in a video interview with the right-wing extremist at the end of last week Compact-Magazine. The federal prosecutor’s office had just had the members of a Reich citizens’ network arrested, whom they accused of having formed or supported a terrorist organization. However, Kirchner did not find the alleged conspiracy to overthrow the political system reprehensible, but rather the fact “that the government is resorting to such means”.
Just one day after a schoolgirl was stabbed to death by an asylum seeker in Illerkirchberg near Ulm, this was “a very cheap diversionary tactic”. His conclusion: the citizens must now show this government “where the red line is”.
Kirchner’s diversionary maneuvers are more popular with some in the AfD than the words of the Berlin leadership duo. Tino Chrupalla and Alice Weidel said tight-lipped: “We condemn such efforts and reject them emphatically.” Nothing was known about possible activities of the arrested former AfD member of the Bundestag Birgit Malsack-Winkemann, instead there was complete trust in the authorities involved.
Some AfD sizes speak of the “senior putsch of the Reich citizen scene”
AfD figures such as Thuringia’s state and parliamentary group leader Björn Höcke and Oliver Kirchner, on the other hand, ridicule the “senior putsch of the Reich citizen scene”. “This group of 25 people probably wouldn’t even have been able to coup the board of a pigeon fanciers association,” said Kirchner. His parliamentary colleague Hans-Thomas Tillschneider, himself under surveillance by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution because of his proximity to the officially dissolved “wing”, complained according to the Tagesschau that a chat group association was being systematically inflated and the federal executive board did not object.
Kirchner and Tillschneider are now going one step further. The AfD parliamentary group will introduce a motion in the Magdeburg state parliament on Thursday that is intended to limit the powers of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. In printed paper 8/1953, the largest opposition faction, with 23 deputies, demanded that the state government work to remove the phenomenon of “delegitimization of the state relevant to the protection of the constitution” from the spectrum of observation. This category was introduced in April 2021 to record anti-democracy efforts at lateral thinker protests that elude the classic categories of left-wing and right-wing extremism.
According to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, this newly formed group includes people who try to “defuse essential constitutional principles or significantly impair the functioning of the state or its institutions”. For this, democracy and its representatives are deliberately despised, politicians in the Corona crisis are intimidated by “home visits”, for example, or are threatened by fantasies of violence and killing on social media.
“A perfect example of a violent mixed scene”
After the wave of arrests, the President of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Thomas Haldenwang, said the uncovered network was a prime example of the emergence of a new violence-oriented mixed scene, “in which Reich citizen ideologies, conspiracy stories from the area of delegitimization and right-wing extremist narratives flow together.” The AfD, which has been observed as a suspected case by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Saxony-Anhalt since 2021, considers this an attack on freedom of expression.
In the category “delegitimization of the state relevant to the protection of the constitution”, people would be branded as anti-constitutional “solely because of their statements, which are covered by the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression, but contradict the ideology of the state government and the political forces supporting it,” says the application , who has no prospect of a majority. For the parliamentary secretary of the Greens parliamentary group, Sebastian Striegel, the matter is clear: “The AfD is and will remain the parliamentary arm of right-wing terrorism.”