Police criticize AfD for boycott of ovations in the Bundestag

Police in front of the Bundestag, over dts
Police in front of the Bundestag, over dts
Police representatives have sharply criticized the boycott of AfD members in the German Bundestag during the ovations for the police operation against, in some cases, right-wing extremist demonstrators at the Reichstag building.

"What was going on in the heads of the AfD MPs, I can not explain, especially since this party always sends different signals to the police," said Rainer Wendt, Federal Chairman of the German Police Union, the "Tagesspiegel" (Friday edition). There seems to be an expectation that the police will be satisfied with “pithy sayings”, while “real attention and commitment to the emergency services as people” is missing.

If there has ever been significant sympathy for the AfD from the ranks of the police, “not least of all it has gambled it away with this behavior”. At the end of August, a group of demonstrators, including many right-wing extremists, reached the steps of the Reichstag building at the large-scale demonstration against the state corona measures. The deputy chairman of the police union (GdP), Jörg Radek, also criticized the AfD: The police officers show “true loyalty to the constitution and the state,” he told the newspaper. “Those who stay there reveal their disregard for the devotion to our country.” Radek had admitted in the past that the Federal Police, for example, had a lot of sympathy with the AfD, partly as a result of too little appreciation and the experience they had during the refugee crisis. Meanwhile, AfD internal politician Martin Hess defended staying seated, while all other factions thanked the police officers who were present in the visitors' gallery and who were involved in the deployment at the end of August. "The invitation of the colleagues to the Bundestag was a pure show event that served two purposes: to lump opponents of the excessive corona measures with extremists and to divert attention from the fatal police policy of the federal government," said Hess. “That is why we do not need to join the hypocritical and ultimately disrespectful symbolic politics of the governing parties.” The police in Germany knew “that the AfD is the only party on their side,” said Hess.