Leftist who called for violence in Chemnitz faces disciplinary proceedings
The head of the Berlin AfD, Georg Pazderski, has demanded disciplinary consequences for the state secretary for civil engagement of the city of Berlin, Sawsan Chebli. The background is a now deleted tweet by Cheblis calling for violence in Chemnitz.
Published: September 1, 2018, 4:29 pm
In the tweet, she wrote about the riots in Chemnitz: “We are more (already), but too quiet, too comfortable, too divided, too disorganized, too timid.” And then she added her conclusion: “We are not radical enough.”
The AfD says the tweet exceeds the “partisan duty of neutrality and moderation” of an official office bearer.
Pazderski, in a letter to the Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD), denounced “the call to radicalisation, in whatever form, since it is contrary to the basic understanding of a liberal democratic constitution and constitutional duty”.
Pazderskis therefore demanded that disciplinary proceedings be taken against Chebli.
Chebli has been rowing back her call to arms on Twitter with a poor jumbled effort to erase the distinction between violence and legality: “Tweeted today that we need to be more radical. My radical commitment to democracy and the rule of law. In view of the disgusting right-wing violence, I do not want to continue using the word because it could be understood as violent.”
Then she added more confusion: “There can only be one kind of violence, that is the rule of law. So I deleted the tweet.”
According to a spokeswoman for the Senate, the letter from Pazderski will be proccessed, but no information is currently available due to personal data protection clauses.
“The Twitter handle is operated privately by Mrs. Chebli,” said the spokeswoman. Chebli did not want to comment when approached by the German daily, the Berliner Morgenpost.
With her call for more radicalism, she has sent a wrong signal “and the reputation of our city has been harmed,” the CDU parliamentary group leader in the House of Representatives, Burkard Dregger, said on on Tuesday in a statement. Her tweet could be understood as a justification for left-wing violence.
The city festival in the former East German city of Chemnitz ended in protests over two days following the killing of a 35-year-old German man. A 23-year-old Syrian and a 22-year-old Iraqi was arrested, suspected of stabbing the man to death without any justification following a verbal dispute.
The crime triggered spontaneous protests in the city against migrant crime. On the second day of rallies when counter-demonstrators took to the streets to stop conservative marchers, the protests grew violent, according to the police.
A member of the Alternative for Germany, Gunnar Norbert Lindemann, blamed the mayor of Chemnitz, Barbara Ludwig (SPD), for the ensuing violence because she had behaved “incredibly cold-blooded and technocratic”.
“Instead of expressing sympathy to the family of the killed man and deescalating the overall situation, she was ‘horrified’ by the people’s protests. Instead of promising the citizens of Chemnitz a quick and comprehensive explanation for the incidents and giving them hope that logical consequences follow, she insulted the people and claimed that they ‘want to create havoc of the situation,'” he told Sputnik News. He has also called for Ludwig’s resignation.
Lindemann said he held the migrant policy of Merkel’s coalition responsible. “We have to stop this policy and take care of our homeland and our people. This asylum policy, led since 2015, is deadly for Germans”.”
Another AfD member, Christian Weiland, distanced himself and the party from acts of violence by some rioters. Weiland said the security situation in the country has worsened massively over the last three years.
Five years ago such security measures were not needed, Weiland noted. “Violence is never a real solution,” he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy CDU Federal Chairman Thomas Strobl has accused the AFD of moving “in the direction of right-wing extremism”. He hinted at possible surveillance of the party by the state security services.
The Baden-Württemberg Minister of the Interior added: “The participation of the AfD in the processes in Chemnitz creates new facts. I’m sure these facts will feed into the assessment.”
Strobl accused members of the party of saying “how happy you were to be able to accompany the heated mob and to join that hateful crowd”. According to Strobl, the party needs to be “looked at closely”.
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