Berlin (dpa) - Several politicians have expressed incomprehension about the ruling of the Berlin district court on abuse against the Green Bundestag member Renate Künast.
She had failed in court trying to act against it. "This fatal judgment, which is unworthy of a constitutional state, affects all of us," said the FDP member Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann the editorial network Germany (Friday). Language is not just communication, but the expression of respectful, cultivated togetherness. "If this culture is no longer legally protected, then it is only a matter of time until the words are followed by violence."
Green Party leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt said: "With all due respect to our courts: Nobody should have to endure what Renate Künast received here from disgraceful insults." Freedom of expression has its limits when people resort to violence or abusive baiting. Left-wing leader Katja Kipping said: "This form of hate is still being downplayed too much." That must stop.
The president of the German Lawyer's Association, Maria Wersig, said that protection of violence is a topic that concerns all levels of the state. "And we talk about nothing more than violence in the examples of verbal abuse mentioned above."
Unknown people had called Künast as "piece of shit" and "old green bastard" and written even more drastic and sexist posts. According to a decision of the Landgericht Berlin, which is the German Press Agency present, represent corresponding comments "no defamation of the person of the applicant and thus no insults."