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Dresden declares a Nazi emergency

The decision was made by 39 city councils of Die Grünen, Die Linke, SPD, non-attached and the FDP. 29 voted against it. Background of the decision: There are too many right-wing tendencies in the city against which something must be done. Also, because the city is currently applying for the title "European Capital of Culture 2025".

Nazi emergency? This led to the most heated debates in the Council meeting.

Because the application for the "Nazi Emergency" came from Max Aschenbach, a member of the parody party Die Partei. The original three-page template was completely reworked by the red-red-green majority and the FDP, formulated the "Nazi emergency" officially in a "policy statement".

In this, Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert (FDP) is commissioned to "focus on his work on the strengthening of a democratic everyday culture (...), protection of minorities and victims of right-wing violence (...) as well as the commitment over the next five years against the causes of extreme right-wing positions (...) ". Guidelines of the City Council, however, also contain points on which the Council has no decision-making authority, eg "Land authorities (should) consistently prosecute perpetrators (right-wing violence) by all means of the constitutional state".

Conservative aldermen were particularly disturbed by the choice of words: Lawyer Frank Hannig (Freie Wähler, or Free Voters, in English): "The declaration of a state of emergency is polemic. This is actually Nazi language. It was not until the emergency laws that Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of the Reich. "That's why he did not agree. To proclaim a "Nazi emergency" is "water on the mills of those who are moving across Dresden".

The emergency debate also tears the Dresden FDP. Council fraction leader Holger Zastrow (missing at the meeting) considered the petition "an open provocation" and that he "would have refused the idiocy".

His group agreed with the petition nevertheless. "The danger is clearly from the right. The years between 1933 and 1945 are not flying ashes of history. Underestimating the challenges from the right has never worked, "says FDP City Councilor Holger Hase.


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