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Germany: Banning AfD from society - the normalization of left-wing authoritarians

Vogelfrei is a German term that denotes the status of a banned person. The Bamberg Penal Code of 1507 stated in an article that a sentenced person was "free as the birds in the air and the beasts in the forest and the fish in the water, and you shall not have peace nor company on any road or by any ruling of the emperor or king."

This ban implied that that person was already devoid of all consideration and the individual was thus defenseless for others to do what they wanted.

This is a similar situation facing conservatives in Germany. If you question power, you are on the right. If you are from the right, you are a Nazi. There is no middle point. Everything is black and white to the point that the popular slogan in Germany among leftists is "kein Millimeter nach Rechts" ("not a millimeter to the right").

AfD politicians have been physically attacked, some of them seriously injured. They constantly receive death threats, their houses and cars are damaged with paint, or get caught in flames. They are publicly insulted and some have been expelled from restaurants, hotels, etc.

German television (which depends on taxpayer money) is an extension of the state and has been terrifyingly silent on this violence. AfD politicians have almost no presence in the media.

Germany's Nazi-style censorship and intolerance is undeniable. Now, more recently, two episodes of serious discrimination have emerged on grounds of political ideology.

AfD politician is denied medical treatment
Andrea Zürcher was nominated two weeks ago by AfD members from the districts of Waldshut and Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald as constituency candidate for the federal election. The 37-year-old has been with the AfD, deputy chairwoman of the Konstanz district association since 2016, and works for the AfD parliamentary group leader Alice Weidel, among others.

The trained business woman suffers from a chronic illness and therefore has to see a doctor on a regular basis. So also yesterday Thursday. As she tells in an interview with Junge Freiheit, she has had a general practitioner contract with a group practice in Stühlingen for a year, where she has been a patient for two years. The doctor suddenly terminated her contract during her most recent visit. The reason: their political opinion.

Zürcher explains that he learned from the newspaper that his patient was running for the AfD. "He said that the relationship of trust was destroyed and that he could no longer give 100 percent to my treatment." He would only intervene in medical emergencies, otherwise she should look for another family doctor.

“I've never been so shocked in my life. Tears came to me,” says Zürcher. Up until now she could never have imagined that something like this would exist in Germany. “It is equally shocking and sobering to see the openness with which the supposedly tolerant - speaking of itself as the middle class - society unabashedly and in front of an audience makes medical care dependent on its own political and ideological ideal,” complains the AfD politician.

Does a doctor actually terminate the contract with a patient who is regularly present because she is running for what he sees as the wrong party? A request from the JF to the doctor in question yielded nothing. The call ended after a few seconds with the words: "No comment." Even further inquiries did not change anything.

Meanwhile, the AfD candidate from Zurich reported to the police on Friday for discrimination and all other possible crimes. According to the Basic Law, nobody in Germany may be discriminated against because of their political views.

Bank terminates AfD's account
The Volksbank-Raiffeisenbank Dachau has terminated the business relationship with the local AfD association. That happened without giving reasons, the AfD city and district councilor Markus Kellerer informed Merkur. "This is another unequal treatment of the parties, since the CSU, SPD or the Greens, for example, certainly do not have to suffer an account termination." The termination will take effect at the end of March.

The newspaper quoted a spokesman for the Volksbank-Raiffeisenbank Dachau as saying: "The tone that prevails there and the politics that are pursued there are incompatible with our business philosophy." When asked by Junge Freiheit, whether it is the local AfD or the federal party is meant, the spokesman did not want to say anything on Thursday. The AfD had made the process public, not the bank, and the bank did not want to provide any further information.

"Cooperative banks prefer to accept Die Linke"
Kellerer showed no understanding in an interview for Merkur. The AfD is making "scandal-free conservative local politics in the district council and city council". His party wanted to support a local bank at the time. The AfD has another account at the Dachauer Sparkasse, which has not had any problems so far. "But apparently the cooperative banks don't need us, they prefer to accept a party Die Linke, which openly fights capitalism and wants to introduce socialism."

Three years ago, Raiffeisenbank Erding refused to open an account for the local AfD district association. “We stand for respect, fairness and decency. I do not recognize that with the AfD, ”said CEO Christian Berther at the time to the Erdinger Anzeiger.

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