Thomas Haldenwang, the new head of the Verfassungsschutz, the rather grandly titled Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution wants to put the populist AfD under surveillance for its supposed ‘anti-democratic tendencies’. Obviously, Mr Haldenwang does not realise the inherent irony of his position.
The former head of the Verfassungsschutz, Hans-Georg Maassen, who opposed such measures and publicly challenged Merkels assertion that protestors in Chemitz were ‘far-right’ by saying that videos showing ‘far-right violence’ were “made-up” was sacked by Merkel and moved to another position.
If the AfD is officially classed as an ‘extremist’ organisation then lawyers, teachers and government employees will all be banned from joining the AfD.
AfD Foreign Policy Spokesman, Petr Bystron dismissed the latest measures as being part of a propaganda campaign against the Party: “The Verfassungsschutz has been keeping tabs on us for months and published a thousand-page report, which found no evidence whatsover of any sort of illegal activity. With the European and state elections coming, which promise to be a landslide for the AfD, the ruling parties need some way to attack us. This is the same secret police that has allowed Islamic terrorists to roam freely, such as Anis Amri, who perpetrated the 2016 Christmas market massacre. They are subject to political control by the ruling parties, who now are not hesitating to use them as a political weapon to club their opponents with.”