Skip to Content

Emily Laquer. Twitter

German intel boss: Climate scene infiltrated by extreme leftists

It comes as no surprise: Hamburg's domestic intel chief Torsten Voss has warned the establishment against an infiltration by left-wing extremists.

Published: October 21, 2019, 4:40 am

    Read more

    Hamburg

    Left-wing extremists abused “socially broadly-accepted or widely-discussed issues in order to come into contact with establishment initiatives to establish their anti-constitutional positions,” he told German daily Die Welt.

    Violence-oriented groups such as the Interventionist Left (IL) are therefore focusing on issues such as environmental protection and the fight against high rents. For example, they could “invade democratic society via popular topics, like a creeping poison,” according to Voss.

    That is a challenge to democracy that should not be underestimated, since more than 70 percent of left-wing extremists in the Hanseatic city are considered to be violence-oriented. The issue of the rescue of migrants is exploited by left-wing extremists. There have also been attempts to subvert the “Fridays for the Future” movement.

    Already in April, the Hamburg Office for the Protection of the Constitution – German domestic intelligence – accused the left-wing extremist scene that it was not concerned about protecting the climate, but rather about spreading its own messages. At the time, the constitutionalists explicitly mentioned the IL, its spokeswoman Emily Laquer and the alliance Ende Gelände.

    In March, Laquer launched the student strike in Hamburg which Greta Thunberg had been invited to. There she demanded the expropriation of the energy supplier Vattenfall.

    The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, confirmed that groups like the IL were trying to gain a foothold in the “Fridays for the Future” movement. Already in October 2018, the intel authority warned: “Since the end of 2014, the topic of ‘climate protection’ has increasingly come into the focus of left-wing extremists due to the political debate over a planned energy transition and the planned decommissioning of coal power plants.”

    And further: “Especially young people are targeted on popular themes such as ‘climate protection’ as well as the protests against the ‘profit maximization of large corporations’, both politicized and long-term issues of the left-wing extremist scene.”

    The IL, which is one of the most influential left-wing alliances in Germany and is known for its violence and militancy, tried for years, through “targeted tactical-strategic alliance work with non-extremists” to advance left-extremist agitation beyond their own scene.

    It acts as “a link both within the left-wing extremist spectrum and between extremists and non-extremists”, the Federal Office warned and spoke of a dangerous “hinge function”.

    Laquer posted photos of themselves at the Hamburg school strike on Twitter and demanded: “expropriate Vattenfall”. The IL official sees her movement as the spearhead of the current climate protests. “Who would have thought, when we brought the first climate camp to Germany in 2008, that eleven years later, a new generation of activists enforced the coal exit,” she cheered on social media.

    The IL already wrote on their homepage in 2016: “With the Ende Gelände we have created an incredibly big thing.”

    The primary goal for the extremists is to use day-to-day political issues with the help of coalitions for action “in order to ensure that it can be integrated into the democratic spectrum”.

    The IL played a leading role in the protests and riots in the Hambach Forest. Acording to Federal Ministry of the Interior, it counts among the most influential left-wing alliances in Germany. In 2017, it was largely responsible for the serious riots during the G20 summit in Hamburg.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    German Teachers’ Association criticizes participation of students in climate strike

    BerlinThe German Teachers' Association (DL) has criticized the participation of students in the climate strike of the "Fridays for Future" movement (FFF) on Friday. "We refuse that compulsory schooling is lifted in favor of political actions – for example as part of a so-called climate strike," said DL President Heinz-Peter Meidinger.

    Norway reclassifies Covid-19: No more dangerous than ordinary flu

    OsloCovid-19 is treated in the mass media as a very dangerous disease in the face of which mass vaccination and severe restrictions for the whole society are applauded despite few deaths beyond the risk groups. But in Norway, it has now been decided to treat it like other respiratory diseases, such as influenza or the cold virus, because according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health it is no longer more dangerous than these.

    Elysee denies malicious Telegraph article on giving up its UNSC seat

    ParisFrance has formally denied being ready to give the EU its seat on the UN Security Council. "The seat is ours and will remain so," said the Elysee, in response to an article in a British newspaper.

    UK newspaper: France could offer its UN permanent seat to EU

    ParisFrance's seat at the UN could be given to the European Union to promote the creation of an EU standing force after Australia made it clear that it would be pursuing nuclear technology for its submarines together with the US and UK.

    Italy: Nationwide house raids against vaccine opponents

    MilanThe Milan Public Prosecutor's Office has launched searches of anti-vaccination opponents in six Italian cities. Allegedly the members of the Telegram group "The Warriors" planned violent demonstrations against the Covid-19 policy of the Italian government.

    Orban offers Pope copy of 1250 letter in which a Hungarian king pleads for help against Tartar invasion

    BudapestDuring his visit to Budapest on Sunday to celebrate mass, Pope Francis met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose anti-migration policy in Hungary he does not share. The Pope received a copy of a letter reminding him why he should be more circumspect in his views.

    EMA: Almost a third of Covid vaccination side effects are severe

    BrusselsThe reported suspected side effects for the four Covid vaccines, which have only been conditionally approved in the EU, are record-breaking after just 8 months. Serious side effects have been reported.

    Breaking news: UK government drops Covid passport

    LondonIn the UK, Health Minister Sajid Javid has told the BBC that Covid passports will not be introduced in his country. When will European countries come to their senses?

    France: Thousands protest against ‘health pass’ for 9th weekend in a row

    ParisOn Saturday, demonstrators took to the streets in the French capital for the ninth consecutive weekend to express their displeasure with the health passport policy of the Macron administration. The protest quickly degenerated into clashes with the police.

    Key Dutch ministers in bed with the WEF

    The HagueAt the end of May, the Forum for Democracy led by Thierry Baudet, submitted a parliamentary question on the relations between cabinet members and Klaus Schwab's World Economic Forum. "We received evasive or even no answers to these questions," said Dutch MP Pepijn van Houwelingen.

    Go to archive