Violent corona protests are a threat to social peace


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Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) © David Inderlied / dpa

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier sees the violent protests against the state corona policy as a threat to social peace in Germany.

Berlin – Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier sees the violent protests against the state corona policy as a threat to social peace in Germany. “Each violent escalation is one too many. Because it’s not just about disregarding the right to assembly or hygiene rules, »said Steinmeier on Monday in Berlin. “It’s about the disregard for social peace in our country. Hatred and violence are destroying the foundation of our togetherness.”

In the round of talks on “Hate and violence in the times of the pandemic”, the head of state warned against trivializing the events. “The danger is real and it is concrete.” Hygiene rules and corona requirements were deliberately circumvented, doctor’s offices and vaccination buses were attacked, the homes of politicians, especially local politicians, were besieged, police officers were deliberately injured, and journalists were attacked. Death threats made headlines.

Steinmeier emphasized that freedom of assembly is a valuable asset. The same applies to freedom of expression. “But a call for violence, even a call for murder, that is not the perception of expression of opinion. Anyone who opposes our law and joins forces with self-declared enemies of the state and right-wing extremists who are known to protect the constitution can no longer credibly invoke democracy and freedom.” (dpa)


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