AfD inquiry into refugee policy making waves in Hong Kong
An inquiry from the Eurosceptic AfD to the German federal government regarding the "German refugee policy towards the Chinese special administrative zone Hong Kong and the granting of asylum status" has apparently caused a sensation reaching as far as Southeast Asia.
Published: June 14, 2021, 11:45 am
In a comment for Welt-Online, the Hong Kong activist Glacier Kwong accused the AfD of inciting “xenophobia” with its request. She also claimed that the German opposition party was “abusing” the Hong Kong exiled community.
The AfD’s request specifically concerns the Federal Government’s assessment of the influence of two NGOs, Hong Kong Indigenous and Haven Assistance.
Hong Kong Indigenous is an organization which, according to media reports, expressly advocates violence in political struggle. The HNA.de writes following: “Unlike the organizers of the ‘Umbrella Revolution’, Hong Kong sees indigenous violence as a partly necessary tool for bringing changes”. Its leader, Ray Wong, was the first British national granted asylum in the European Union. Wong now lives in Germany.
Haven Assistance, on the other hand, is an exiled NGO that unequivocally recommends that Hong Kong activists and their sympathizers immigrate to Europe. The Japanese newspaper The Mainichi writes: “Haven Assistance is a group founded by democracy activists in exile to help other Hong Kong activists seeking asylum.”
The organization “urges Germany and Europe as a whole to do more in order to help protesters who want to emigrate”. In its inquiry, the AfD wanted to know how high the German government rated the potential of Hong Kong activists willing to emigrate.
The federal Government’s answer to the AfD’s questions was extremely taciturn. Berlin obviously wanted neither to comment on the two organizations nor give any sort of assessment of the expected number of Hong Kong activists willing to immigrate. “The federal government has no knowledge of its own on these issues,” was the answer.
The German mainstream media seems to be better informed than the government in this regard. On June 3, the online edition of the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung urged the grouping as follows: “If you can, leave the metropolis. It is a movement consisting of hundreds of thousands of people wanting to flee while the world has decided to remain silent.”
The AfD Bundestag member Stefan Keuter, one of the initiators of the inquiry, in an interview with the German Newsmagazine ZUERST! expressed his incomprehension regarding Glacier Kwong’s objection in the Welt-Online. “She has surely never seen the inquiry about Hong Kong,” Keuter insisted.
Keuter continued: “The question is not really about whether it is a problem today – it is rather, as in the case of other groups, about whether it could become a problem in the future. The main difficulty is that at the NGO level people are currently overcrowding Germany considering it as a country for exile. And often those fleeing to Germany are NGO-associated people who advocate violence in political struggle. I do see a problem for the future in the advocacy of violence. That was, so to speak, a bellicose announcement from them. In addition, the suspicion arises that politically persecuted people do not simply want to live in safety and be free from state persecution, but are also looking for a safe retreat with good financial infrastructure to continue their struggle.”
This suspicion was well documented in an article by Bloomberg, outlining the financial difficulties that young “Umbrella Revolution” activists face in the UK. Clearly, Britain’s “sanctuary offer” aims to attract only the wealthy fleeing Hong Kong.
It is also “not unfair to ask who comes to Germany with what motives,” said Keuter in the interview with ZUERST!. The point of the asylum and refugee policy is not “to build up on German soil ‘exile battalions’ for an ideologically motivated struggle 9000 kilometers away from the epicentrum, as in the case of Hong Kong.”
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
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 violations 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 delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
MunichAround one million Ukrainians have left their homeland due to the war in recent months and sought refuge in Germany. Among the refugees are tens of thousands of children who are now going to school in Germany. But there are simply too many and the problems are mounting.
KievThe Ukrainian government is teaming up with American investment firm BlackRock to "reboot its economy". A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on November 10, the Ukrainian Economy Ministry announced the next day. This agreement concerns the creation of a platform to attract private capital.
BerlinThe climate fanatics of the Last Generation are no longer an annoying nuisance but have become a danger to life and limb due to the benevolent approval of Germany's spy chief Thomas Haldenwang. Their actions are increasingly radical, on the verge of terrorism aimed at airports and concert halls.
BrusselsVictory turned into a riot on Sunday 27 November, as violence broke out in Brussels after the victory of the Moroccan team against Belgium in the football World Cup. The Atlas Lions won by two goals to nil and thus triumphed over the Belgian team.
TraiskirchenAgainst the background of the continuing mass influx of asylum seekers, the Austrian FPÖ presents itself again with a winning campaign to deal with the crisis. At a press conference on Wednesday, three leading FPÖ politicians gave more details – in Traiskirchen, Lower Austria, of all places, which is the seat of a large first reception center and has been a "hot spot" for the mass influx for months.
BrusselsThe move by Elon Musk to rid the online platform of "woke" ideologues, has sparked EU concern over online content control. With Twitter dismantling its entire Brussels office, some EU officials claim the platform will no longer comply with their new rules on controlling online content.
ParisPrisoners convicted of terrorism-related offences are monitored by the judiciary and intelligence services upon their release. This has been a huge cost to French taxpayers.
BerlinAnyone who dares to complain about gas prices, which have increased at least six fold in the last year, is denounced as a traitor in Germany. In reality, many families do not know how they will stay warm since they are no longer able to afford heating.
BrusselsIn 2022, the Flemish government will pay €175 763.87 in membership fees to the World Economic Forum (WEF) and 27 000 Swiss francs (about €27 300) as participation fees to the annual meeting of the WEF in Davos. This is according to Flemish minister-president Jan Jambon's response to a parliamentary question by Flemish MP Sam van Rooy.
BudapestTo keep illegals flooding into the EU, human traffickers are now willing to accept the deaths of police officers. During a chase on the Hungarian highway, alleged Iraqi traffickers opened fire at the police. In the end, the traffickers could only be arrested and disarmed by a counter-terrorism unit.