“Bundestag no trenches”
Gauland gives the peace movement
May 2, 2022, 5:21 p.m.
Instead of dealing with its own closeness to Kremlin boss Putin, the AfD is currently warning against arms deliveries to Ukraine. However, Alexander Gauland does not want to accept the corresponding allegations from the ranks of the Greens and the FDP. Quite atypical for his party, he calls for “verbal disarmament”.
AfD MP in the Bundestag, Alexander Gauland, finds the criticism of politicians from the traffic light group of his party’s position on the Russian aggression war in Ukraine exaggerated and insulting. “The excessive statements and insults of the members of the AfD parliamentary group by Anton Hofreiter and Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann are scandalous”, declared the honorary president of the AfD parliamentary group. Even though Hofreiter of the Greens and Strack-Zimmermann of the FDP find it hard to accept that the AfD is not convinced “that delivering more and more weapons to the war zone will bring the hoped-for quick peace”, he still hopes let this position be respected and not despised as anti-democratic.
In an interview with the German Press Agency, Hofreiter said of Russian President Vladimir Putin: “The AfD must ask itself if they are not accomplices of a war criminal.” AfD MPs are impressed with Russian President Vladimir Putin because they share his views on society. The MP said: “They’re anti-democrats, they’re autocrats, they’re opponents of the free press. They’re homophobic, they’re misogynistic. That’s why they value it.”
“We are peaceful so that the Russians can continue brutally”
In the joint interview with Hofreiter, Defense Committee Chairwoman Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann criticized speeches given last Thursday by AfD faction leader Tino Chrupalla and Honorary AfD Chairman , Alexander Gauland. “It was an announcement from Putin’s point of view, these are greetings from Moscow,” the FDP MP said. The motto of the AfD is: “We are peaceful now so that the Russians can carry on brutally and must not get angry”. Strack-Zimmermann said: “The AfD shares the goal of dismantling our democracy with Russia.”
The reason for the comments of the two deputies were the speeches of Gauland and the leader of the AfD parliamentary group Tino Chrupalla during the plenary session of the Bundestag. Both had sharply criticized German arms deliveries to Ukraine. Hofreiter and Strack-Zimmermann must verbally disarm, Gauland is now demanding. He said: “The German Bundestag is a place of debate and not a trench.” Strack-Zimmermann then sarcastically recalled Gauland’s pithy September 2017 words to the Merkel government: “We’re going to hunt them down.”
Hofreiter also accused feminist Alice Schwarzer and many intellectuals, who had warned in an open letter to the federal government against arms shipments to Ukraine and World War III, of repeating Russian propaganda.