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German Interior Minister advocates a nationwide ban on imperial war flags

BERLIN. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has spoken out in favor of a Germany-wide ban on Reich war flags. The CSU politician supports the initiative of some countries to ban the public display of the flag and urge them to exhaust their legal options, said a spokesman for the Ministry to the news agency dpa. Seehofer plans to put the matter on the agenda at the federal and state interior ministers' conference in December.

Last week, Bremen was the first federal state to ban the public display of Reich war flags because this allegedly interfered with an "orderly civic coexistence". The flags can now be confiscated by the police and fines of up to 1,000 euros can be imposed.

Thuringia examines flag ban
On Tuesday, Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) spoke out in favor of a nationwide provision against the black-white-red imperial flag. Thuringia is also currently examining a possible ban.

The imperial flag goes back to the German Empire. Black and white represent the Kingdom of Prussia, red and white were the colors of the Hanseatic League. When the empire was founded in 1871, the the merge led to the imperial flag, which was officially used from 1892 onwards. A black-white-red flag had been used on warships of the North German Confederation since 1867. The imperial war flag graced the ships of the imperial navy, among other things.

Source: Junge Freiheit
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