Dhe plan by the black-green government coalition to make it easier to set up video cameras in public spaces could result in a case before the state court. This was announced by representatives of the opposition on Thursday in the Hessian state parliament. In a debate requested by the SPD, they criticized the interior minister's plan Peter Beuth (CDU) to tighten security laws.
As reported, the catalog of planned changes includes the possibility of installing cameras in the publicly accessible areas of airports, train stations, sports facilities, shopping centers and packing stations without any immediate and specific reason.
At these "particular danger points" the assumption that criminal offenses are imminent is regularly justified, according to the explanatory memorandum to the draft law, which the state parliament has so far only discussed in the first reading. In a hearing, this determination in particular met with serious constitutional concerns from experts from various law faculties in Germany. A concrete examination of the question of whether criminal offenses had been committed at the individual locations and were to be expected in the future was required.
SPD criticizes Beuth
In doing so, they set the direction of the criticism that Beuth was exposed to on Thursday. Once again he did not maintain the balance between the legitimate security interests and the freedom rights of the citizens, complained the group leader of the SPD, Gunter Rudolph. In doing so, the Minister grossly disregarded the fundamental right to informational self-determination.
The fact that Beuth is only marginally interested in such concerns can be seen from the fact that constitutional lawsuits are currently pending before the Hessian State Court in two other cases Rudolph. "But the fact that the Greens, who elsewhere like to present themselves as the party of civil rights, silently nod to all this - that's shocking."
Like Rudolph, the FDP deputy and deputy president of the state parliament also demanded Jörg-Uwe Hahn on the Home Secretary to withdraw his bill. For decades he has not experienced a hearing in which the experts have "torn up the content of a draft law" as in this case, my Hahn. Video surveillance is only proportionate and legitimate if there are actual indications of crime. "Anyone who really wants to fight crime has to fight social causes, needs a professional police force on the street and on-the-spot help," said Torsten Felstehausen, MP for the Left. Criminal offenses must be prevented "instead of pushing them into side streets".
support from the AfD
Member of Parliament Klaus Herrmann (AfD). The police must counteract this with controls. In principle, however, Herrmann rejected the criticism of the other opposition parties as excessive. Video surveillance is not a panacea, but it makes sense if the images are monitored directly and the police can intervene quickly.
Eva Goldbach, domestic spokeswoman for the Greens, emphasized that the video systems would have to be dismantled again under the draft law when the purpose has been achieved or it becomes apparent that it cannot be achieved. The assumption that the prerequisites for the installation are met is checked every two years, i.e. it is checked in each individual case and can therefore be refuted.
Union deputy Alexander Bauer pointed out that there are only around 300 surveillance cameras in twenty municipalities in Hesse. In the city of Berlin, which is governed by the SPD, Left and Greens, there are 22,000 cameras. Like Bauer, Beuth also deals with Hahn's contribution.
Monitoring of packing stations
The FDP MP had mocked the fact that packing stations were also mentioned as potential locations for video systems. There is a good reason for this, the Union politicians explained to him. It has been proven that packing stations are used particularly often as a transhipment point for drugs, weapons or counterfeit money. Because there you can send and accept the shipments in full anonymity.
Beuth reminded the Social Democrat Rudolph that the Jusos had called for the expansion of video surveillance in Frankfurt in July. During the hearing, young SPD members demonstrated against this in front of the state parliament. Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, the state chairwoman of the Hessian SPD, only spoke out in favor of this on Wednesday. After all, she is the state chairwoman of the SPD. The question arises, said Beuth, addressing Rudolph: "What is valid in the SPD now?"