How the AfD wants to score in the election in Lower Saxony

Wtypes on the AfD top candidate Stefan Marzischewski-Drewes in Hanover-Ricklingen. People smoke a lot in front of the district center. An older AfD supporter reports on her "Monday walks" against the Corona measures and recommends a video on "PI-News", a proven right-wing extremist Internet portal according to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. “And then there are the really crazy ones, they think the federal government is the legitimate boss,” complains a gentleman in a T-shirt. "These puppets!" Two AfD members of the Bundestag stand by and do not contradict.

Reinhard Bingener

Political correspondent for Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Bremen based in Hanover.

The top candidate for the upcoming state elections on October 9th arrives and you go inside the concrete building. A few copies of the conspiracy mythical “Compact” magazine are spread out on a table next to the entrance. "Vaccine dictatorship - boosters until death" says one cover. Another issue polemicized against "blue ghost drivers" in the ranks of the AfD parliamentary group, who voted for arms deliveries to the "Ukrainian Nazis".

The "Stammtisch" begins, around 40 listeners have gathered. First, the local list candidate, Omid Najafi, introduces himself. The young man simply got up at the party conference, gave a speech and then promptly received a promising seat, says the local AfD grandee Jörn König. “Job?” calls a listener. “I trade on the stock exchange – privately,” Najafi replies.

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And then it is the turn of top candidate Marzischewski-Drewes. The 56-year-old doctor from Gifhorn talks about the excesses of bureaucracy in healthcare. “It's the end of December and they've done 49 hip surgeries. They are supposed to operate on 50 hips a year. What happens?” asks Marzischewski-Drewes and spares his listeners the answer. "And yes, I also go for a walk regularly on Mondays," explains the top candidate and receives the strongest applause for it. However, Marzischewski-Drewes is not a corona denier. The radiologist working in a medical care center does not deny the existence of the virus or Covid deaths. "I'm not a conspiracy theorist. But there was far too much coercion.”

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