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Left-wing extremists terrorize AfD politicians in front of their private homes

The right to assemble peacefully and without weapons is firmly anchored in both the Basic Law and the Berlin state constitution. The right to demonstrate is often used in the capital. So also yesterday, Monday evening. Around 50 to 100 left-wing extremists marched through the Lichtenberg district in memory of a homeless Moldovan killed in 2016. The motto of the demo was: "Against right-wing violence and for an anti-fascist neighborhood".

The organizers chose the demo route carefully. Because it also led past the place of residence of AfD MP Karsten Woldeit. He is the domestic political spokesman for his parliamentary group and thus a particular thorn in the side of radical leftists. When they arrived there, the loudspeaker van sounded an invitation that the participants should show the politician what they thought of him. Then they shouted slogans like “Woldeit - Nazi pig” or “Fuck AfD - Karsten Woldeit in the Spree”. A demonstration participant wrote on Twitter that it was now going into the street “where an AfD pig is looking out the window”.

Police: Freedom of assembly is a valuable asset
The deputy AfD country chief, who lives in the apartment with his children filmed the scene. When asked by Junge Freiheit, Woldeit was taken aback. “I am for the right to freedom of expression and assembly. I am also in favor of demonstrations against politicians. But they too have a private sphere and if suddenly there is a demonstration in front of my private apartment, in which children also live, I would like the police to intervene or change the demo route in advance."

The AfD politician is certain that the police know his place of residence. After all, he is considered a “person at risk” and receives property protection from the State Criminal Police Office. “I didn't see an officer that evening, so I called the relevant department. Because I had to assume that something could happen after the demonstration.” However, the officials only replied that he should call 110 in such a case.

A police spokesman told JF that freedom of assembly was a valuable asset. “The police protect the right to assemble, not the content of a demonstration.” As with every other rally reported, the danger situation was also analyzed in this case. "The right of assembly takes precedence," the spokesman makes clear, even if this is claimed in front of the private apartment of a politician.

AfD politicians are repeatedly victims of left-wing extremist acts of violence
Woldeit sees it differently, refers to his children and the 78 crimes against himself that he counted in five years as a member of parliament. This included graffiti, faeces in the mailbox, bodily harm or insults. In fact, no other political party is so often victims of attacks as the AfD - especially in Berlin, as the arson attack on the car of the AfD candidate and father of the family, Vadim Derksen, showed a week ago.

On Monday evening it was peaceful around Woldeit's place of residence. But it will certainly not be the last demonstration on his doorstep. In the election to the House of Representatives, which takes place parallel to the Bundestag election on Sunday, he is running on the safe list position 3 of the Berlin AfD.

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