A left-wing German state premier has described those protesting the country’s energy policy in road accidents as the start of a new “fascist movement” in the country.
Bodo Ramelow, the prime minister of Thuringia who is a member of the far-left Die Linke party, described what he saw as an increasingly unified populist right in the country as the embryonic stages of a new “fascist movement” in the country. .
It comes as other politicians and officials in the country blame far-right extremism for growing political unrest in the country, which in reality appears to be due to the country’s energy crisis and cost of living, itself the product of chronic political mismanagement at the hands of the German elite.
With those wanting to protest the current German government previously being accused of being “enemies of the state”, Ramelow now compares the protesters to a new “fascist movement”.
According to his report Die Zeitthe left-wing official compared the protesters to the anti-Islamist movement Pegida, which had its heyday in Germany in 2015 and 2016 but has since largely faded into obscurity.
“A new Pegida is emerging,” the paper reports in response to a recent energy protest, which saw some 36,000 protesters take to the streets in his state alone.
“Everything that is somehow on the right-wing spectrum is concentrated there, reaching the deepest right-wing extremist milieu,” he continued, with the paper claiming that “the formation of a new publicly visible fascist movement” could now be seen.
Those taking the German government to task over the ongoing gas crisis have been branded the “new enemies of the state” by a government minister in the country.https://t.co/O1DNe8KJdF
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While Remlow’s invocation of fascism may mark a new high in the anti-rightist hysteria that has plagued German politics in recent months, the leftist minister’s remarks appear to be just the latest attempt by the country’s political mainstream to curb populism or even just common concern about long-term government mismanagement.
Statements accusing the right-wing of being “conspiracy theorists” and “enemies of the state” are becoming more frequent, with prominent politicians and government officials often trying to label the populists as the source of chaos and violence in the country.
Such efforts, while widespread, have so far appeared relatively ineffective, with the country’s Alternative für Deutschland party making significant gains in the polls in recent weeks, with some elected officials even now calling for the party to be banned as it becomes increasingly powerful.
Meanwhile, support for the establishment parties appears to have declined significantly, seemingly as a result of their woeful handling of the energy crisis, which was fueled in part by the radical green policies of the previous Merkel government, as well as by the current left-wing ‘Tan. “coalition.
With the country facing the possibility of a severe recession, inflation and continued blackouts, some officials have expressed fears of mass looting and rioting, with a top official tasked with protecting Germany’s democratic constitution saying the coming months could make the period of COVID, which has been marred by tens of thousands taking to the streets to protest the government’s heavy-handed COVID lockdowns, looks like a “children’s birthday party”.
Gas shortage riots to make lockdown protests look like ‘kids birthday party’ – Official https://t.co/WQMKyuvMHh
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