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Canada AfD party congress in the middle of the pandemic: Meuthen calls on AfD to be more disciplined - and criticizes Gauland

15:10  28 november  2020
15:10  28 november  2020 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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AfD boss Jörg Meuthen called on his party to be more disciplined at the start of of the AfD federal party conference . Meuthen criticized the fact that officials of his party spoke of a "Corona dictatorship" with regard to the Corona measures. Among other things, parliamentary group leader Alexander Gauland had used the word in the Bundestag. Meuthen also criticized AfD politicians who had described the Infection Protection Act as an “Enabling Act” and were looking for an alliance with the radicalizing “lateral thinkers” movement. Meuthen also turned against radical members of the AfD, who first provoked and then demanded solidarity from the party. "Let's leave those in the rain who are only too happy to shout because they like themselves into the role of provocator like pubescent schoolboys," he shouted. “Either we will get the curve here, and soon, or we will find ourselves in very difficult seas as a party and possibly fail.”

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The reactions to the speech showed how divided the party is currently. Some delegates gave Meuthen standing applause, others stayed seated, and boos were also loud during Meuthen's speech. In the course of the party congress, the party leader will be confronted with a motion that wants to disapprove of “divisive behavior”.

In extreme cases, the party congress is threatened with demolition

In a Phoenix interview, AfD parliamentary group leader Gauland Meuthen also criticized the attack on the Bundestag parliamentary group, described his speech in parts as divisive and insinuated that Meuthen bowed to the

Verfassungsschutz

. The AfD is holding a presence party conference with 600 delegates this weekend in Kalkar in North Rhine-Westphalia. The event is under observation by the public order office. The delegates sit at individual tables with AfD-blue tablecloths in the huge hall, the minimum distance must be maintained, the floor is covered with directional arrows. Each of the delegates has a small bottle of disinfectant in front of them. Nevertheless, Kalkar's mayor Britta Schulz has doubts that the city's hygiene requirements can be met at the major event.

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Many AfD delegates provided the unloved mask with a political statement: The printed German flag, the AfD logo, and lettering are popular. “Freedom of expression”, “muzzle”, or simply “Right!”. As so often, Alexander Gauland carries dachshunds.

delegates who do not adhere to the mask requirement at their place should be removed from the hall. In extreme cases, the party congress threatens to be canceled. According to a spokesperson, delegates who are exempt from the mask requirement due to a medical certificate can easily be identified.

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Party leader Tino Chrupalla tried to call the delegates to discipline with a rhetorical trick at the beginning of the party congress. "We are here because we show the world: Anyone who is able to adhere to distance and hygiene rules can hold presence party conferences even in times of Corona." The AfD can deal with the pandemic "much better" than all other parties. In Chrupalla's logic, sticking to the rules would be a way of wiping out the other parties and proving that the ban on major events is wrong.

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The AfD wants to vote on its course in social and pension policy at its party congress. There are major differences here between representatives of liberal market ideas such as party leader Meuthen and proponents of national social policy, including Thuringian AfD leader Björn Höcke.

Chrupalla does not see that the AfD has to change

Chrupalla positioned the AfD in his speech as a party for social justice and the working population. He shouted: "We are social without blushing". Chrupalla is of the opinion that the AfD must make politics for all those who vote it. “We represent the interests of all those who crouch every day for their families and this country. Because these are the people who have enabled us one electoral success after the other since 2013. ”With a nationalist caretaker course, the AfD had achieved good results in elections, especially in the east.

Unlike party leader Meuthen, Chrupalla did not call on his party colleagues to show restraint. He sees a “defamation campaign” by the “political opponent”. On the other hand, "no self-accusation, no scrambling to the cross, no adapting, no ingratiating." Help only: "standing together".

The two party leaders Meuthen and Chrupalla have been in a clinch with each other since Meuthen brought the "wing" in the AfD to dissolution and threw the Brandenburg AfD leader Andreas Kalbitz out of the party.

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