“Nonsense”: the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution takes apart Dobrindt’s “Climate RAF” statement
Head of the CSU state group Alexander Dobrindt is again met with opposition to his statement that the emergence of a “Climate RAF” must be prevented – from the head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Thomas Haldenwang.
Contradiction and encouragement for the forms of protest by climate protection activists in recent months have not stopped – CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt was particularly loud with his criticism. “The emergence of a climate-RAF must be prevented,” said Dobrindt in the Bundestag. “Further radicalization in parts of the climate movement” should be counteracted.
As many of his Union colleagues demanded Dobrindt harsher penalties for people who get stuck on streets, for example. In this way, imitators would be deterred, the CSU politician claimed, although it is at least highly controversial in criminological research that tougher sanctions actually prevent crime.
Thomas Haldenwang: Climate RAF is “nonsense”
That Dobrindt connected the activists of “Last Generation” and Co. to the terrorist group Red Army Faction (Red Army Faction), which murdered dozens of times in Germany between the 1970s andRAF) moved, now provoked clear objections – from someone who is familiar with the topic: Thomas Haldenwang, head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, literally called Dobrindt’s statements “nonsense”.
Said at an event hosted by Südwestrundfunk of Germany Top secret service agent: “The ‘last generation’ is actually a special group that says we have to draw attention to ourselves with special actions. And what they do are actually criminal offenses. You can’t argue that away. But committing crimes doesn’t make this group extremist now.”
According to Haldenwang, it is not correct to speak of extremism or terrorism in this context: “At least at the moment I do not see that this group is directed against the free democratic basic order, and in this respect it is not an object of observation for the defense of Constitution.”
prosecution a matter for the judiciary
The “last generation” basically says: “‘Hey, government, you’ve been sleeping for so long, you finally have to do something’,” says Haldenwang. “Well, there’s really no other way to express how much you actually respect this system when you ask the officials to act.”
He also thinks the chosen forms of protest are wrong, but the judiciary is there to prosecute criminals.
45 years ago today
“Operation Fire Magic” and the night of death in Stammheim – the year of terror in 1977 ends with the “German Autumn”.
RAF members committed at least 33 murders and injured hundreds. The terrorist organization is also responsible for kidnappings, bomb attacks, kidnappings and robberies. It caused serious domestic political challenges in the Federal Republic. In 1998 the RAF declared its self-dissolution.
Sources: Südwestrundfunknews agencies DPA and AFP