D.he outrage continued on the second day after. On Wednesday, members of the Bundestag of the AfD had brought guests from the right-wing milieu into the Bundestag, who had subsequently harassed MPs many times. The coalition factions then requested a current hour for Friday in which the topic was debated. All parliamentary groups with the exception of the AfD had not appeared in this way for a long time.
The CDU member Patrick Schnieder, who called the AfD an enemy of the constitution and said that the “grimace of the undemocrats” was revealed on Wednesday, found something good in the unity of the other groups. “We accept the fight of the democrats against the undemocrats.”
This assessment of the AfD ran through the one-hour debate. The parliamentary manager of the FDP parliamentary group, Marco Buschmann, accused the parliamentary group on the far right of the plenary: “You want to drag the institutions in the dirt because you hate them.” But “our democracy” is stronger than “your hatred “.
Petra Pau, Vice-President of the Bundestag and a member of the Left Party, said that despite any substantive differences, she never called other MPs enemies. The AfD, however, thinks as the NSDAP once did and sees the other factions as enemies.
Haßelmann: Let’s not “dance around on the nose”
The parliamentary managing director of the Green parliamentary group, Britta Haßelmann, said that right-wing extremists should not “dance around”. She recalled that the chairman of the AfD parliamentary group, Alexander Gauland, had announced after the federal election that Chancellor Angela Merkel would be hunted down “or whoever”. “You won’t do anything at all,” said Haßelmann fiercely.
The AfD initially appeared defensive on Friday. It had apparently been recognized that there was not much to defend about the disruptive maneuvers made possible by members of their own faction. Gauland called it “uncivilized” that the troublemakers had harassed members of the Bundestag, including Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU). He apologizes for that, he said. Since “something got out of hand”. That should have been prevented, added the group leader of the AfD. These “guests are no longer invited”.
Gauland is reminiscent of other disruptive cations
But he didn’t leave it at that. Gauland recalled disruptive actions from the summer, when members of the “Extinction Rebellion” movement had initially distributed leaflets in the Reichstag building when a vote was being held on not using coal to generate electricity. Gauland also recalled that members of the environmental protection organization Greenpeace had abseiled from the roof of the Reichstag building in a protest. They seem to be “good disturbers”, he vented his annoyance that there was not such a stir back then. This is what is called “hypocrisy in bourgeois life”.
The outrage of the other groups did not only arise on Wednesday and was not only due to the events surrounding the vote on the amendment to the Infection Protection Act in the fight against the corona pandemic. Since the AfD moved into the Bundestag after the election in 2017, anger, apparently even anger, has built up over the behavior of the AfD, which was described several times in the current hour as systematic disruption of parliamentary operations.
Right at the beginning of the debate, the managing director of the Union parliamentary group, Michael Grosse-Brömer (CDU), said that one was used to the fact that the AfD tried to disrupt parliamentary processes every week. The AfD wants to “drag in the mud” of the Bundestag’s reputation. In the committees, the members of the AfD shone through “physical or mental absence”. Grosse-Brömer, like many speakers after him, tried to make comparisons with the Weimar Republic. The AfD may use the methods from that time. But today’s democracy is “steadfast and defensive”.