Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives confronted charges on August 23 of dismissing the increase of reactionary groups in the eastern German state of Saxony after an event there involving an off-duty police employee at an anti-Islam convention.
Saxony’s interior ministry confirmed late on Wednesday that the police worker becomes part of a march by anti-Islam group PEGIDA last Saturday and had reported TV reporters covering the convention to police who under arrest them for 45 minutes.
Video footage showcased a sturdy man in dark glasses along with a hat in the colors of the German flag facing up the crew, waving his hands at the camera, telling them not to cover and reporting them to the police force.
State premier Michael Kretschmer, a senior member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said: “The only people who come across seriously in this video are policemen.”
“The CDU in Saxony has for decades denied or trivialized right-wing radical movements and violence,” Ralf Stegner told.
It has “allowed right-wing thinking in Saxony not only to go unchallenged but also to be acceptable”, Ralf stated.
German Justice Minister Katarina Barley, also from the SPD, stated that the episodes were “very disturbing” and had to be rapidly and widely settled.
“Press freedom is an important part of our society and our constitution,” she stated.
Kretschmer stated, “I am intent on assessing the situation calmly and in a factual manner.”
Merkel’s verdict in the year 2015 to allow in about a million migrants, loads of fleeing fights in the Middle East, has driven support for reactionist groups such as PEGIDA and the Alternative for Germany (AfD), presently the main opposition party in parliament.
Saxony, the cradle of the PEGIDA movement, is a stronghold for far-right sentiment. In 2017’s federal poll, the AfD was the most substantial party in the state, driving Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union into an awkward second place.
Kretschmer, who has condemned Merkel’s migration plan, confronts a hard challenge in 2019’s state poll to hold Saxony for Christian Democratic Union.
Neo-Nazis have a sturdy custom in Saxony, particularly in the capital, Dresden, where they congregate each year on Feb. 13 to mark the Allied firebombing of the city during World war-2 that shot down 25,000 people and annihilated its baroque structural design.
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