How freedom of speech is dying in Merkel’s “police state”
A worrying infringement on freedom of speech is taking place in Germany. Ever since NetzDG became the law, more and more people are getting censored online. More people on the right but oddly enough also satirical left wing magazines like Titanic.
Beatrix von Storch of the populist AfD party was banned and even accused of having committed the crime of inciting the people of Germany. Needless to say the case was without merit and was closed by the authorities without an investigation even taking place.
The same happened to Michael Stürzenberger, a reporter for posting a historically accurate picture of the Grand Mufti and Hitler. He was even sentenced to a 6 month prison term, which was only dismissed later in the appeals court.
However this attack on freedom of speech is not just taking place online anymore. The women’s march against migrant violence in Berlin on the 17th of February was approved but blocked by the left anyways. Obviously people have every the right to start a counter protest but they don’t have a right to block a peaceful protest for over 3 hours.
This illegal blockade was aided by Green and Leftist politicians. The police didn’t just fail to do their job by not clearing the way for the march. AfD politicians and demonstrators have made claims that the police lied to them about attempting to do so.
One of the speakers also experienced firsthand what happens when you hold the wrong opinions. David Berger was banned from Facebook for 30 days for speaking at the demonstration. YouTube even took down the #120db video of women standing up to migrant violence. It was only reinstated after a massive push back.
Sadly intimidation doesn’t just happen online. Uta Ogilvie the organizer of the anti-Merkel demonstration in Hamburg under the motto “Merkel muss weg”, which translates to “Merkel has to leave”, had to experience something far worse.
Antifa thugs attacked her home and threw a stone through the window of her children’s room on the 12th of February. Luckily nobody was injured but one pauses at the thought of what kind of people would endanger children this way. She has since announced not to plan anymore demonstrations out of fear for her children.
Not enough that this is being done to the people now politicians like Heiko Maas, who is one of the architects of NetzDG wants the AfD, a democratically elected party, to be monitored by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. The agency offered the following statement in the middle of February:
One sees at present “no sufficient indications for a right-wing extremist endeavor” in the AfD. “An influence or even control by right-wing extremists is currently not recognisable”.
On the other hand Federal Education Minister Johanna Wanka(CDU) has just been found guilty of a violation of the constitution by the Supreme Court. She called for a boycott of an AfD demonstration in 2015. The court ruled that she was in violation of “equal opportunity” towards them.
Nonetheless there is hope as more and more Germans are waking up to the reality of censorship and are not having it. Some protests have already taken place against Merkel and her policies of open borders and more are yet to come.
On the 3rd of March a large demonstration in Kandel is planned. The 15-year-old German girl Mia was murdered there by an Afghan asylum seeker. He claimed to be 15 but medical tests have shown him likely to be much older.
Furthermore AfD board member Steffen Königer has announced that a large demonstration in spring in Berlin is planned in a bid for new elections. These developments are certainly worth following if nothing else than to see if Merkel will be able to keep her grip on power.