Björn Höcke, chairman of the AFD group in the parliament of the German state of Thuringia showed his true face once again during a speech in Dresden, Germany last night.
Image: Screenshot of Björn Höcke during yesterdays speech in Dresden, Germany (No photoshop, its the shadow of the mic…).
Written by Riot Turtle for Enough is Enough
Last night’s speech wasn’t the first one that Höcke showed that the term “rightwing populists” is misleading. The fascist AFD party is often called a “rightwing populist,” party by German media and its members are invited regularly in prime time talkshows on German national TV.
During last night’s speech Höcke called Merkel’s goverment a “regime,” and said he wants a fundamental opposition and a fundamental (AFD) opposition parliamentary group until the party reaches 51%. Höcke also said that the existence of the “German people”, not meaning people with a German passport but meaning the so-called “bio-Germans” is threatened because of decline in the birth rate and open borders.
According to the AFD politician the “old parties”, unions, the official churches and the growing “social industry” are “dissolving the German fatherland”.
Höcke said that he doesn’t trust German politicians anymore, saying that famous speeches by former German presidents Richard von Weizsäcker (On May 8, 1985, during last night’s speech Höcke said von Weizsäcker held his speech on May 8, 1945) and Roman Herzog (On April 26th, 1997) were speeches against the German people. Höcke used Roman Herzog’s speech yesterday to lash out against neo-liberalism. Höcke said that Herzog’s speech was a speech that was used to stoke and transport national emotions, to expose the community to a complete marketisation, to unleash the financial markets and to dissolve a society based on the principle of mutual solidarity.
Höcke also criticized the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, saying that “Up to now, our state of mind is still one of a totally defeated people… We Germans, our people, are the only people in the world who have planted a monument of shame in the heart of the capital,” Hoecke told his audience including youth members of the fascist AFD party.
“We need nothing less than a 180-degree shift in the politics of remembrance,” Höcke said. The crowd reacted chanting “Germany, Germany”.
Instead of introducing younger generations to home-grown “internationally-acclaimed philosophers, musicians and ingenious inventors… German history has been made lousy and ridiculous,” Höcke complained, winning a standing ovation from the crowd.
“There is no moral responsibility to make yourself disappear,” said Höcke, adding that Germans should instead “build up a positive relationship with our history”.
Höcke also said the bombardment of Dresden was similar to the atomic bombardments of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Höcke said: “They wanted to destroy us.” Höcke continued by saying that they almost achieved that with the re-education after 1945. “There were no German victims anymore. There were only German culprits.” He also said until today we are not capable of mourning our own victims. “This became obvious again with the undignified handling of the victims of the terror attack in Berlin.” The last sentence is an example how Höcke mixed current events with events that took place during and immediately after the second world war when German Nazis were defeated by allied forces.
One of the other speakers during yesterdays AFD event was a judge who works at the state court of Saxony in Dresden. Judge Jens Maier is a candidate for the fascist AFD party in this years German elections. Maier said last night, “I declare the guilt cult for terminated.” Last year Maier prohibited critism against the fascist NPD party in a verdict in Dresden. Last night judge Maier called the fascist NPD “comrades” in his speech at “Ballhaus Watzke” in Dresden.
During the speech of Höcke, antifa groups were protesting against the fascist politician. While Höcke was allowed to held his “hate incitement speech”, which is illegal in Germany, a video shows that cops repressed the antifa protest (video). Its something which can be seen regularly on German streets.
Germany’s Central Council of Jews lashed out today, accusing Höcke of trampling on six million Jewish Holocaust victims murdered by the Nazis.
“The AfD has shown its real face with these anti-Semitic and extremely hostile words,” said the council’s chairman Josef Schuster, adding that he “never thought that 70 years after the Holocaust, a politician in Germany could say such things”.
Council of Europe chief Thorbjørn Jagland also reacted, saying that “calling our remembrance culture into question is outrageous and dangerous”.
In December 2015, Höcke sparked outrage when he said that the “reproductive behaviour of Africans” could be a threat for Germany. It wasn’t the first time Höcke has spread his racist views and last night’s speech probably won’t be the last time he does this.
The fascist AFD party has around 14% in nationwide polls ahead of this years general elections in Germany. Its difficult to say how much influence the election of Donald Trump will have on the German elections. It’s clear the Trump team, along with former Breitbart chief Steve Bannon, will support German AFD and the French Front National. Trump was supported by media outlet Breitbart News which wants to expand to Germany and France.