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Germany: AfD calls for consequences after a suspected attack

Stühlingen - After the alleged left-wing extremist attack on the AfD Bundestag candidate Andrea Zürcher, the party has demanded consequences. “I hope that the perpetrators will be arrested as quickly as possible and given fair punishment. But what is at least as important: Left-wing extremist structures must finally be smashed and financially dried up, instead of continuing to fatten them up with taxpayers' money,” said Daniel Lindenschmid, member of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament (AfD).

Zürcher, who is running for the Bundestag in the Waldshut constituency, said she was shot at on her terrace on Friday. According to the police, a steel ball was found that is "usually shot with slingshots or twins". The AfD politician was unharmed. She told Junge Freiheit that she was receiving death threats “almost every day” during the current election campaign.

Whether the state security will take over the investigation will be decided on Tuesday, reported the news agency dpa. A spokeswoman for the public prosecutor's office said that it is currently being investigated for attempted dangerous bodily harm.

Police searched Höcke's house
In February, an Antifa group attacked an AfD electoral booth in Schorndorf in Baden-Württemberg and injured the state candidate Stephan Schwarz. The police arrested five suspects between the ages of 18 and 25.

As the public prosecutor in Mühlhausen, Thuringia, confirmed on Saturday, according to MDR, the police searched the home of AfD state chairman Björn Höcke on Thursday. The reason was investigations into sedition and defamation, which had been going on for almost a year. The background is a post in the social networks in which Höcke allegedly accused the refugee captain Carola Rackete of bringing criminals to Europe.

Thuringia's AfD spokesman Stefan Möller called the house search illegal. The process is another low point in the abuse of the judiciary against undesirable political opinions.

Höcke suspects political calculation behind the search
On Sunday afternoon, Höcke commented on the house search on his Facebook page. About the time, he said: “According to the date stamp, the search warrant was issued on February 5, 2021. The fact that the house search was not to take place until more than three months later and that this process falls directly into election campaign time may be taken to be a coincidence. ”The police action was carried out after a “whistleblower” reported who, according to Höcke, “was an employee of the SPD-led Thuringian Ministry of the Interior” and was himself a social democrat.

Höcke took a tweet from Thuringia's Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (Left Party) as an opportunity to express his own allegations. The search was based on the hope of making "accidental findings" that could be "exploited" politically.

Ramelow had expressed his hope on Twitter on Saturday evening that something would be found on the occasion that supports the suspicion that Höcke had previously written in an NPD newspaper under the pseudonym "Landolf Ladig". NPD is the National Democratic Party of Germany, a far-right and Neo-Nazi political party.

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