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Neo-Nazi leader ejected from Saxon legislature

DDP/The Local · 17 Jun 2010, 14:26

Published: 17 Jun 2010 14:26 GMT+02:00

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The politician will now be barred from attending the next ten plenary sessions and committee meetings due to the “particular gravity of the rebuke,” parliamentary president Matthias Rößler said. This means he will only be able to attend one session in December before the end of the year.

The executive committee interrupted the floor debate to hold a special meeting about Apfel’s comments, which were given under the context of an NPD motion entitled “No cooperation with rogue states – end the Saxon-Israeli partnership.”

The neo-Nazi garnered several calls to order with references to the “Jewish rogue state,” the “blooming Holocaust industry” and the “Jewish terror state” until his microphone was finally turned off.

Rößler called an end to the debate, but Apfel refused to leave the plenum, forcing police to escort him from the building.

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The parliamentary leadership had already distanced itself from the debate ahead of time, encouraging the NPD to change the title for fear that the topic would damage Saxony’s reputation.

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15:25 June 17, 2010 by Portnoy
Looks like an IT guy.
15:41 June 17, 2010 by Edmond Schindler
You forgot the 'DIO' between the 'I' and the 'T' in your comment.
15:51 June 17, 2010 by So36
I've met a few IT Nazis before.
15:58 June 17, 2010 by Edmond Schindler
You forgot the 'DIO' between the 'I' and the 'T' in your comment.
16:27 June 17, 2010 by whiteriver
Vacation until December..!

Is that a punishment?
16:46 June 17, 2010 by Avidror
He should be in jail just because he is a neo-nazi. How is the NPD legal in Germany? I hope the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz will find enough evidence to initiate a legal disbandment process.
17:39 June 17, 2010 by whatzup
This guy needs to eat less and work out more instead of delivering anti Jewish diatribes.
18:56 June 17, 2010 by vonSchwerin
Ok, we got it, Fatso. You hate Israel because it's a Jewish state and you oppose Israel's actions in the Middle East conflict. But do you really think that the Arab states share your European values? Explain to me how the NPD can really support Hamas (other than the whole antisemitism or anti-Israel thing).
21:06 June 17, 2010 by marimay
Oh yeah, he looks like hes part of a "supreme race". Oink Oink.

But whatever, one day some guy decided Jews were "gods chosen people" so I guess they are not much different....

People are lame.
23:52 June 17, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
Don't be pedantic. Every parliament in the world has proper parliamentary procedure, and you can be ejected from most of them if you misbehave.
01:51 June 18, 2010 by maxbrando
One problem you Germans have is that you are still deeply intolerant. You try to silence a freely elected citizen in good standing from speaking his mind. This is the same thing the Nazis did, and Germany today does. Foolish ideas need to be put on stage then ridiculed, embarassed and exposed with cold logic and reason on open discussion. This intolerance is still the root of German problems, no matter how much you say you have changed.
07:28 June 18, 2010 by auniquecorn
Amen Maxbrando
09:33 June 18, 2010 by jinxgelb
dear maxbrando, make an intelligent guess about what would probably happen if someone rendered a speech in the US Senate calling African Americans lazybones living off the affirmative action programs, or just try to put forward an idea presenting the Queen or any member of the royal family in a bad light at Speakers Corner. See what happens.

What I am driving at: in any democratic society there is a certain degree of the freedom of speech, simultaneously there are always certain taboos. No society is exempt from this rule. Don't be naive to believe that there can be an absolute freedom of anything, including the freedom of speech.
09:35 June 18, 2010 by So36
@maxbrando. i agree with you the only way to combat extremists is by sticking to our democratic principles, but there's a difference between letting someone have their say and letting a neo-Nazi use a state legislature as platform for spreading hate. they let the clown's party bring in a dubious motion and they even let him "speak his mind" to the point where it was no longer acceptable. What's really embarrassing is that Saxons can elect such a "citizen in good standing" twice.
09:49 June 18, 2010 by dreyer
The problem is, that Europe is too civilized (yet) to understand the Islamic nature. therefor you Europe, just can't judge Israel. again, not because you don't have the right, simply because you just don't really know what's going on here.
16:32 June 18, 2010 by Avidror
I agree with jinxgelb. Even in democracy, limits have to exist.
23:44 June 18, 2010 by Eagle1
All this obese bastard needs is a good meal at a nice Isreaeli restaurant. He'd change his tune immediately.
10:47 June 19, 2010 by Gothmeister
But isn't Israel a jewish state?
20:17 June 19, 2010 by P.B.
Sorry, but the food in Israel proper isn't that grand,,, rather bland,,, so he would lose weight.
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