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Germany: Police union wants to expel AfD members

BERLIN. The Police Union (GdP) has passed a resolution incompatible with membership in the AfD. The union announced on Friday that anyone who questions or attacks coexistence in Germany is undesirable in the GdP. The federal executive has therefore agreed that simultaneous memberships in the AfD and the GdP are not compatible with each other. “Members who profess to support the AfD with their party membership, support it or sympathize with it,” would therefore be asked to leave the GdP.

The positions and opinions of the AfD contradict the solidarity and public safety-preserving self-understanding and role of police employees, explained GdP Vice Dietmar Schilff. For example, high-ranking AfD politicians took part in demonstrations against the Covid-19 measures and sought to join forces with right-wing extremists, anti-Semites, Reich citizens and conspiracy theorists. "As a GdP with a long democratic tradition, we are resolutely opposed to the AfD's request," emphasized Schilff, who is himself a member of the SPD.

In support of its position, the union also adopted a multi-page position paper. In this she states, among other things, that the AfD is a "essentially racist, nationalist, inhuman, democracy and union-hostile party". AfD politicians are "partly responsible for hatred, agitation and violence".

AfD: GdP as an extended arm of the Greens and the SPD
The AfD rejected the allegations and condemned the incompatibility decision. "If the GdP takes such a decision shortly before two important state elections, it obviously acts as an extension of the Greens and the SPD, two parties that regularly trample on the interests of police officers," said the deputy domestic affairs spokesman for the AfD -Bundestag faction and former police chief commissioner Martin Hess. "In order to conduct party politics under the guise of political correctness, the GdP uses anti-democratic methods by trampling on pluralism of opinion."

Again and again, unions, above all the German Trade Union Confederation, to which the GdP belongs, position themselves against the AfD. For example, in 2019 the GdP criticized the candidacy of police officers for the AfD in the state elections in Thuringia.

Before the last European elections in 2019, the service union Verdi warned against supporting the AfD. In the previous year, the Verdi district association of Middle Franconia had already passed a resolution incompatible with membership in the AfD. In the same year the German Association of Journalists had also reached an incompatibility resolution of this kind.

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