After the racially motivated attack in Hanau, SPD general secretary Lars Klingbeil calls for the AfD to be monitored by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. It has to be clearly stated, said Klingbeil in the ARD morning magazine : "There was a shot in Hanau, it looks like that, but there were many who ammunited him and the AfD definitely belongs to it." The party has poisoned the social climate in recent months and years. "It is quite clear that the AfD is a party that needs to be monitored by the protection of the constitution." He was for the fact that this would be decided very quickly in the security organs and that this would happen.
An organization can become a test case when the authorities see the first signs of extremist efforts. In the case of a test, observation with V-people or other intelligence agents is generally not permitted. If, on the other hand, it is declared a suspected case, the use of intelligence resources, such as an observation, is possible, although only to a very limited extent.
Across all parties, like Klingbeil, numerous AfD politicians are partly to blame for the increase in extreme right-wing violence in Germany. The Green Party politician Cem Özdemir described the AfD on Deutschlandfunk as a "political arm of hate". Their representatives were on the "other side of the barricades", wanted to disintegrate the country from the inside and tried to use their statements to shift the rules of the sayable ever further. Lower Saxony's interior minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that foreign citizens were being denied human dignity. This is dangerous because it only takes some people to take action. "Fatal disinhibition has got underway here and the AfD is partly to blame."
The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) fears that the attack could lead to further right-wing extremist attacks in Germany. When asked how big his concern was that the Hanau murders might not have been the last, Laschet said on the ZDF program maybrit illner special : "It's big."
The Mannheim political scientist Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck made a similar statement. In Mannheimer Morgen he called right-wing agitation and the call by AfD politician Björn Höcke to overthrow the country as a "license for attacks". The President of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, told the Rheinische Post : "Whoever covers right-wing extremists in a party shares responsibility if their ideologies are heard."
In an interview with Rheinische Po st, FDP interior expert Konstantin Kuhle called for a fundamentally stricter state security policy. In particular, the dealings with the AfD must be changed. "The pressure to persecute the overlap of right-wing terrorism and AfD must increase significantly after Hanau," said Kuhle.
More protection for mosques in NRW
Because of the attack, in which a 43-year-old German in Hanau shot nine people in suspected racial motives in several places on Wednesday evening, North Rhine-Westphalia has increased its security measures for Muslims. As the state government announced, additional police patrols would be used, especially during Friday prayers, in around 900 mosques across the country.
The investigators assume that the perpetrator is "deeply racist". This suggested a confusing pamphlet and video messages that the man had left on the Internet. According to the responsible district authority, the sports shooter had two weapons legally. Many questions remain unanswered, including whether the shooter was mentally ill and delusional or whether he might have had supporters.
AfD federal group leader calls the allegations "shabby"
AfD parliamentary group leader Alexander Gauland rejected the allegations. "I think it's shabby to use something like that at the stage," said Gauland. It is an obviously completely mentally confused perpetrator, "and we do not want to talk about left and right here. It is a crime."
NRW Prime Minister Laschet did not want to accept the argument that the perpetrator may have been mentally ill. "There have always been mentally ill people. But they have not become murderers. They become murderers because this aggression is fueled in a society," he said on ZDF. Both anonymous hate speech on the Internet and the language of elected state parliamentarians suggested that there would be a madman.
Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) announced that it would examine political consequences. Other legislative changes may also be necessary. What has recently developed in the area of right-wing extremism is very worrying. Together with Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD), Seehofer will speak at a press conference in Berlin this Friday.