Berlin (AP) - After the death threats against the Green politicians Cem Özdemir and Claudia Roth politicians of several parties demand a quick implementation of the government plan against hatred and right-wing extremism.
The Green politician Renate Künast told the "world", who in the network the sharpest of all threats - the direct threat of murder - pronounce, must be "by all means and be punished." With regard to the key points decided by the Federal Cabinet against right-wing extremism and hate crime, Künast said: "It would be even better if it soon became laws, and most beautiful, if they were soon applied."
The parliamentary state secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Stephan Mayer (CSU), told the "Passauer Neue Presse": "Anyone who rushes and threatens the Internet must be harder and more effectively prosecuted in the future."
Union Fractional Leader Thorsten Frei told the "World": "We will now do our utmost to ensure that it is passed quickly by parliament." In the meantime, no day passes without government representatives being subjected to insult or death threats. The CDU politician demanded more powers for the security authorities in the digital space beyond the package of government measures. "We can not make our authorities in the network deaf and blind and at the same time believe that we will succeed in the fight against organized extremism."
The FDP internal expert Konstantin Kuhle spoke of a "dramatic" accumulation of threats or even attacks on public persons. "Politicians should not be fair game," he warned. Left-wing parliamentary leader Dietmar Bartsch told the newspaper that the death threats were "the result of a poisoned social climate and years of neglected struggle against right-wing networks."
The newspapers of the spark media group had reported that Özdemir is the first name on a death list. At the end of October, it wrote a group called "Nuclear Weapons Division Germany" in an e-mail to the office of a Member of the Turkish Bundestag. The Bundestag Vice President Roth threatened her, she was in second place.