German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. Photo: Ralf Roletschek CC BY-SA 3.0 de
Soder and Seehofer warn about "Corona-RAF" – and think not only right-open "lateral thinkers". A comment.
While across camps there is a growing lack of understanding for the sometimes contradictory measures taken by the federal and state governments to contain the corona pandemic – not least because of differing standards in the world of work and leisure – Bavaria’s Minister President Markus Soder (CSU) warns against a "Corona RAF". His party colleague Horst Seehofer blows the same horn as Federal Minister of the Interior.
At first glance, members of left-wing parties and organizations did not feel that this was meant, because Soder explained in an interview with the Welt am Sonntag that the Federal Office for the Protection of the Inter "the sectarian movement of lateral thinkers and other similar groups" into the focus of attention. Besides the "lateral thinkers", who, although not unanimously right-wing, tolerate too many ultra-rightists in their ranks for the taste of leftists, Soder mentioned the AfD in his answer. Their poll ratings have been sinking, but there is a danger that their "the danger that a corona mob or a kind of corona RAF could form in Germany from their environment, which could become increasingly aggressive and even violent", said Soder. "There is always the danger that small protest groups develop out of coarser movements, which in the end form a radical nucleus that can become a terrorist cell." On the general situation in the country, he said, a "normal situation as before Corona" will not happen in the foreseeable future.
The interview was prompted by the riots by militant supporters of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump on 6. January in Washington. Significantly, the Springer paper did not speak of right-wingers or right-wing extremists here, but of "a mob" and "rioters", when it asked Soder whether such now also in this country "feel flouted" could.
Seehofer said Monday at the annual meeting of the German Civil Service Association in connection with growing resentment over the Corona decreases: "We live in one of the safest countries in the world, but we have a high threat level when it comes to terrorist threats: right-wing extremism, increasingly now also left-wing extremism, anti-Semitism and also conspiracy theories with the tendency to radicalize."
Both politicians, mind you, belong to a party whose founding father Franz Josef Straub had once announced: "To the right of us is only the wall." At the active time of the "Red Army Faction" (RAF), whose short name Soder is now trying to recycle, Straub had suggested, at least indirectly, that for every hostage shot, an RAF prisoner should be shot.
The level of escalation at that time must be taken into account in order to classify the choice of words of the CSU politicians. The RAF saw itself as left-wing. Not coincidentally, more than 20 years after their self-dissolution, the Kurzel is being brought into play by right-wing conservative politicians to invoke a permanent state of emergency. At a time when even millions of people who are "unpolitisch" understand, are in existential distress due to plant closures and, in the face of contradictory infection control regulations, no longer know what they can believe about the government. The governing CSU party smells social explosives.