US News commemoration: Federal President calls for the unmasking of right-wing networks

01:40  27 september  2020
01:40  27 september  2020 Source:   handelsblatt.com

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier reminded the country that far- right terrorism has been a threat to Speaking at the Saturday commemoration in Munich, Steinmeier said that in 1980, Germany had been "Are far- right networks not taken seriously enough by criminal investigators?"

This book proves that the right - wing extremist party—which, as no other, agitates against After the unmasking of Franco A He is one of 46 civil servants sitting in federal and state parliaments for the AfD—and one of the few against whom there are current proceedings to revoke his civil servant status.

Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier legt am Ort des Oktoberfest-Attentats von 1980 einen Kranz nieder und gedenkt gemeinsam mit Überlebenden, Gudrun Lang (l) und Renate Martinez (2.v.l) des rechtsterroristischen Anschlags. © dpa Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier lays a wreath at the site of the Oktoberfest attack in 1980 and commemorates Gudrun Lang (l) and Renate Martinez (2nd from left) together with survivors ) of the right-wing terrorist attack.

Steinmeier was the first head of state to attend the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Wiesn attack. The commemoration becomes a strong appeal against the right.

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for the fight against right-wing extremist networks at the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Oktoberfest attack. "Right-wing extremism has deep roots in our society," said Steinmeier, who was the first head of state to attend the annual commemorative event.

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"The right-wing terrorist murders of the past decades were not the work of confused people." The perpetrators were integrated into networks of hatred and violence. High-ranking guests from politics and society as well as representatives of the victims remembered the worst right-wing extremist attack in the history of the Federal Republic on Saturday at the scene of the crime on Theresienwiese.

was clearer than ever from the commemoration of the appeal: The fight against right-wing extremism must be intensified. "Every effort must be made to expose right-wing extremist networks where they are," said Steinmeier. "Looking the other way is no longer allowed."

This applies after the Oktoberfest attack, after the NSU trial, after threatening letters from NSU 2.0, after enemy lists of so-called prepper groups with connections to reservists of the Bundeswehr and after a right-wing extremist chat group in the police was discovered North Rhine-Westphalia.

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"Enemies of freedom and democracy must not be tolerated in the police," said the Federal President. He knows what the officers are doing. You deserved trust. Police leaderships and political leaders must not tolerate a climate in which right-wing extremist networks could develop and be covered. The terror of right-wing terror is close again, "right now, after the murder of Walter Lübcke, after the deeds of Halle and Hanau".

assassination has only been classified as right-wing extremist since July.

The investigation of the NSU murders has shed light on a blind spot in criminal prosecution, said Steinmeier. Investigations would come to nothing if they were not led unconditionally, but rather bias and prejudice.

On September 26, 1980, a bomb had torn twelve Oktoberfest guests and the right-wing extremist bomber Gundolf Köhler to their deaths and injured over 200. The Federal Prosecutor's Office had only classified the act as right-wing extremist in July after new investigations.

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Investigators used to speak of the act of an individual out of private frustration. Concrete evidence of accomplices could no longer be found in the new investigation. Among other things, traces were not followed at the time and evidence was destroyed early on.

More clearly than ever before, politicians now admit errors not only in the investigations at the time, but also in the assessment - and there are apologies to the victims. "Their calls for help have been ignored, their demands for support have been rejected often enough and they are even defamed as simulators," says Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD).

Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) said: "I'm sorry and I apologize for the mistakes that were made in the investigation, but also in the assessment." He speaks as the legal successor to all other Prime Ministers and as the person responsible for the Free State.

survivors said

“Anyone who underestimates right-wing extremists sins against democracy.” He made a “protection promise”: “We will not allow right-wing extremism, hatred, anti-Semitism, racism to be tolerated, accepted or in any way underestimated.” Söder applied also to the victims: “We bow. We will never forget this day. ”

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Survivors gave an impressive account of their story. "I would like to finally climb a mountain again, ride my bike around Lake Starnberg," said 73-year-old Renate Martinez, who is handicapped. Robert Höckmayr (52) said the culture of remembrance is a strong signal from a vigilant society against the law. But it is not possible to forget. Two siblings died before his eyes.

The survivors called for a fight against the right - but also for optimism. Dimitrios Lagkadinos (57), who lost both legs, warned that right-wing extremism grew out of hatred and exclusion and that it seldom started out from individuals, but was organized and networked.

He called for not just staying in the past. “Life is beautiful” is the appeal of the man who has been in a wheelchair for 40 years. Gudrun Lang, who was seriously injured at the time, said she had lost her first great love. But also: "Something must grow out of destruction - not hate, but the hope of good."

For the DGB youth, who for decades upheld the commemoration, Pia Berndt recalled the long way to the resumption of the investigation and to Classification of the act as right-wing extremist. A new documentation location with around 200 life-size silhouettes and video information has been opened at Theresienwiese. For the first time, the commemoration took place without the crowd - the Oktoberfest is canceled this year due to Corona.

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