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For 3rd Consecutive Year, AfD Main Victims of Political Violence

Figures from Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior have revealed that, for the third consecutive year, members and politicians from the anti-globalist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party were the most frequent victims of political violence, a trend the liberal-establishment press has refused to cover.

The numbers, released last week following a request from the AfD parliamentary group in the Bundestag, revealed that in the past year, officials or members of the anti-establishment Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) were victims of political violence more frequently than were members of any other political party represented in the Bundestag, Junge Freiheit reports.

In its response to the AfD parliament group’s request, the Federal Interior Ministry noted that security forces across the sixteen states recorded 660 instances of violent attacks perpetrated against members or officials of the AfD. 

Behind the AfD, members and officials from the centrist Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands (CDU) party were attacked 617 times last year, followed by the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Green Party), which fell victim to 454 acts of political violence. Meanwhile, members of the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD), the party of Chancellor Olaf Scholz, had the fewest acts of violence carried out against them, at 445.

The AfD saw their posters and signs vandalized far more than the establishment parties as well. Of the 9,435 instances of vandalism or destruction of party property (signs, posters, etc.) recorded by authorities last year, well over a third of the instances (3,365) were carried out against the AfD. The Interior Ministry mentioned that the vast majority of attacks against the AfD came from activists in the radical left-wing scene. During the same period, authorities registered 1,751 instances against Die Grünen and 1,591 against the CDU. 

When asked whether the attacks targeting officials from the AfD are part of a wider systematic campaign to intimidate members of the party, the Interior Ministry—which is headed by a far-left politician who’s written for publicans with links to extremists—replied with a rather vague answer, saying: “A central command of attacks by left-wing extremist individuals or groups can not be identified, especially since the letters of confession are written quite predominantly under anonymous names.”

The Ministry did note, however, that the “frequency of the attacks as well as the justification contexts in the published crime declarations speak for a targeted action of violence-oriented left-wing extremists against a ‘common opponent.'”

Baden-Württemberg AfD MP Martin Hess said that the Interior Ministry’s non-answer was indicative of a radical shift that’s taken place in the Ministry under the direction of Nancy Faeser, saying: “In the past, the federal government has expressly revealed that the left-wing extremists who are assigned to the field of action of ‘anti-fascism’ commit physical attacks on our party.”

“As soon as we have a Federal Minister of the Interior who maintains the best contacts with the largest left-wing extremist organization in the field of anti-fascism in Germany, the Federal Government withholds this important information. This Antifa whitewashing is a slap in the face to all police officers who, like our party members, have been victims of their violence. Antifa must not be made socially acceptable,” Hess, a former police chief, said.

Since assuming her role as the Federal Interior Minister, Faeser has used her powerful position to attack—and limit the influence of—Germany’s political Right, threatening to ban Telegram, a messaging application popular in right-wing circles. Furthermore, and just days ago, Faeser argued that the so-called ‘fight against right-wing’ extremism should be brought to kindergarten classrooms so as to “smash right-wing extremist networks.”

As The European Conservative reported earlier this month, Faeser was found to have written for an Antifa publication, the press organ the Bund der Antifaschistinnen und Antifaschisten (VVN-BdA), an organization that the Bavarian state intelligence agency classified as a left-wing extremist. 

Robert Semonsen is a political journalist based in Central Europe. His work has been featured in various English-language news outlets in Europe and the Americas. He has an educational background in biological and medical science. His Twitter handle is @R_Semonsen.

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