Target: Prosecutor Ulrike Markus
Goal: Applaud the decision to charge racist group Pegida’s leader over inciting racial hatred.
The leader of the anti-immigrant and anti-Islam group Pegida has been charged with incitement after posting a series of hateful posts on social media. Lutz Bachmann is the co-founder of the group, and will face trial in Dresden for his actions.
Pegida stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West. They have been responsible for numerous rallies and protests against immigration and Islam, and their rhetoric warns of a Germany overrun with Muslims and asylum seekers. Their protests and rallies have been popular with people harboring racist agendas. There are numerous Pegida networks all across Europe, with the group in Germany remaining the most active with the most members.
In the incident he is being charged for, Bachmann posted a series of posts on Facebook calling foreigners “cattle” and “trash.” He had to step down previously as frontman for the group after posting pictures of himself as Adolf Hitler, but still remained a prominent figure in the movement. He was re-elected as chairman in February of last year.
Applaud the decision of the Dresden prosecutors to charge Bachmann with incitement to hatred against foreigners and immigrants.
Dear Ms. Markus,
The recent decision by the Dresden General Public Prosecution Office to charge Lutz Bachmann with incitement is to applauded. His hateful speech is responsible for creating further rifts between people and cultures in an already sensitive situation.
There is a danger that groups like Pegida and more extreme anti-immigration and anti-Islam organizations could become more popular. Problems arising from the influx of refugees and asylum seekers combined with the problems already present in the West make fertile ground for planting ideas of racial hatred. Hate speech like the words of Bachmann and his group as well as his unrepentant mimicking of Adolf Hitler show that his motivations are morally lacking.
His attempts to deflect the blame and label his indictment as a political move to discredit him are laughable. If public leaders like Bachmann are allowed to continue to incite hatred against foreigners and immigrants, we will be undoing all the great work of the last few decades in regards to integration and progress. I applaud the decision to take Bachmann to court over his actions.
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Photo Credit: Lutz Bachmann