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German punk band that incites violence supported by Merkel’s party

The refusal reported by state broadcaster ZDF to allow a left-wing punk band to perform in Germany continues as a source of great controversy. Last week it had become known that the Bauhaus Dessau had forbidden the presence of the group scheduled for 6 November at its premises.

Published: October 23, 2018, 9:53 am

    The Bauhaus Foundation justified this step by saying that they were afraid of violent clashes between radical left and right-wing groups. “Politically extreme positions, whether from the right, left or others, can not be tolerated at the Bauhaus Dessau,” the Foundation said.

    Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters, who is also the chairperson of the Berlin CDU, then expressed her deep regret. The cancellation of the concert by Feine Sahne Fischfilet was a “fatal sign” she said. “It must never give the impression that the pressure of the right-wing extremist scene is enough to prevent a concert.”

    The Berlin AfD MP Hans-Joachim Berg, member of the Culture Committee of the House of Representatives, questioned the opinion of Grütters, which he accused of double standards in dealing with political extremism: “The cynical indignation of the CDU state chairmen Grütters is another example of the intentional blindness when it comes to the rejection of any politically motivated violence or threats of violence.”

    Meanwhile, the Berlin cultural Senator Klaus Lederer (Left Party) has offered the group the Berlin Bauhaus archive. The place is currently vacant because of upcoming renovation work, the Berliner Zeitung reported.

    The Berlin AFD party member Georg Pazderski however accused Lederer of finally dropping his democratic mask for “a band that glorifies violence against police and spreading hatred in Germany”. He added that Lederer has thus “said goodbye to the democratic consensus”.

    Feine Sahne Fischfilet had in the past been monitored by the security services because their lyrics suggest “left-wing extremist tendencies”.

    Days after the leftwing concert in Chemnitz recently against the “far-right”, there were discussions about the band’s presence on stage. Even Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was criticized for his support for the concert.

    CDU General Secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer complained in an interview that Steinmeier had shared the announcement of the event on his Facebook account. “I think that is really critical,” she said.

    With regard to the band’s participation, Kramp-Karrenbauer said: “What we want is to protect our democracy and our constitutional state against lawlessness. And if you do that with bands, who verbally beat police officers in the same way (…), then I think that’s more than critical.”

    The band was founded in 2007 and is from Rostock. Frontman Jan “Monchi” Gorkow has displayed “left-wing extremist ambitions” state police has said. Secret police from the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, for example, devoted almost two pages to the band in 2011. At that time there was talk of an “explicitly anti-state attitude” of the band whose goal was to “dissolve the state structure”.

    Their lyrics incite violence against the police. In the song “Staatsgewalt” from the year 2012 it urges violence against law enforcement. In 2012 too, the group also sang the line “Germany is shit, Germany is filth”.

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