Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Maas accuses the Germans of comfort in the fight against racism
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas urges the Germans to more against racism. "The years of discursive vigilance must come to an end." Germany is rightly considered as particularly critical by other countries.
AMinister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas (EPD) has called on citizens to be more active in the fight against racism and in defense of democracy. "Unfortunately there is a consolation in our society that we have to overcome," he told Bild am Sonntag. "Then we have to come up from the couch and open our mouths, and the years of discursive watch humor must come to an end."
His generation had freedom, the rule of law and democracy. "We did not have to fight for it, sometimes we take it for granted," said Maas. According to his own statements, the Minister of Foreign Affairs was "very often" approached by his European colleagues on the right-wing extremist marches in Chemnitz. When it comes to xenophobia, right-wing extremism and racism, Germany is rightly very critical.
"We do not tolerate right-wing extremists infiltrating our society"
Minister of Justice Katarina Barley (EPD) told the newspaper that the investigation in Chemnitz should clarify to what extent extreme right-wing networks are trapped behind the demonstrations and xenophobic riots. "We do not tolerate right-wing radicals infiltrating our society."
The Attorney General was involved this week in the investigation after demonstrations of xenophobic riots and showing the Hitler salute. Earlier, a 35-year-old German was killed in a mes attack in Chemnitz, two more men were injured. An Iraqi and a Syrian are in custody as suspects.