NAfter the nationwide demonstrations against the corona restrictions, politicians from almost all factions warn against the protests being taken over by extremists. “We do not allow extremists to use the corona crisis as a platform for their anti-democratic propaganda,” said CDU general secretary Paul Ziemiak in an interview on Monday. SPD leader Saskia Esken said that anyone who denies the pandemic and calls for a violation of protective regulations takes advantage of the uncertainty of the people “shamelessly”.
At the weekend, thousands of people in Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich and other German cities demonstrated against the corona restrictions. Infection protection requirements were repeatedly disregarded.
“Transparency, education and information”
Ziemiak told the “Augsburger Allgemeine” that the CDU as a People’s Party always takes citizens’ concerns seriously. But it was also clear that “we are taking action against those who are now fueling citizens’ concerns with conspiracy theories and circulating fake news.” The government will continue to counter this “irresponsible action” with transparency, clarification and information.
Esken said spreading false messages about the corona pandemic was aimed at “destabilizing and dividing society.” She also called to respond with “enlightenment”. She also appealed to those citizens who approved the restrictions.
“Looking away and being silent doesn’t help. We have to stand up to this and prove to be arguing democrats, ”the SPD leader told the newspapers of the Funke media group. She cited online initiatives or discussions with colleagues as examples.
The domestic spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group, Ute Vogt, called the protest against the corona measures in the “world” a “found food” for right-wing radicals. They tried to take advantage of the dissatisfaction with the conditions.
Greens Vice-Group leader Konstantin von Notz told the newspaper “Die Welt” that it was “legitimate and self-evident to question measures and express resentment”. The demonstrations also included those who “fundamentally question the system” and who viewed politicians as a whole as puppets of billionaires George Soros and Bill Gates.
Baden-Württemberg’s interior minister Thomas Strobl (CDU) announced, according to “Welt”, that demonstrators would have to expect the protest to be resolved in the future if the corona protection regulations were violated.