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CSU flags Left party ban, sparking war of words

The Local · 7 Aug 2011, 15:31

Published: 07 Aug 2011 15:31 GMT+02:00

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The Left party leadership reacted angrily to Dobrindt's statement on Sunday, accusing the CSU leader of "hate tirades."

Dobrindt told Sunday's Bild am Sonntag newspaper that Left party leader Gesine Lötzsch yearned for a path to communism, which is why the country's domestic intelligence agency, the Verfassungsschutz, should observe the Left party more closely.

Dobrindt was referring to an article by Lötzsch entitled "Paths to Communism," published in the newspaper Junge Welt in January.

"On this basis, we should re-assess whether the Left should be banned or not," he said. Dobrindt also called on Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit to declare that he would end the city's coalition government with the Left party if he is re-elected on September 18.

Left party chairman Klaus Ernst responded by saying that such statements led to "a climate where right-wing extremists feel justified in attacking Left party offices in Berlin and elsewhere."

"Whenever the CDU and the CSU are doing badly, some pitbull from the CSU comes along and acts as a crusader against the Left," added Ernst. "Dobrindt would be well-advised to limit his right-wing tendencies."

Last week, the office of Left party parliamentary leader Gregor Gysi was damaged in the Niederschöneweide district of Berlin. Other Left party offices have been attacked in the past.

Bodo Ramelow, Left party leader in the state parliament of Thuringia, called Dobrindt's announcement an "outrageous statement."

He added that the call was particularly objectionable because Germany's Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, also of the CSU, was currently doing everything he could to prevent a ban on the far-right National Democratic Party.

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Ulrich Maurer, deputy parliamentary leader of the Left party, said the CSU general secretary "has apparently not noticed that the Cold War finished over 20 years ago. That's a bit embarrassing."

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17:08 August 7, 2011 by frankiep
Have to agree with the CSU on this one purely on grounds of fairness.

The arguments in favor of banning the NPD are based on them being neo-Nazis having policies similar to those that resulted in unimaginable pain and suffering during the 30s and 40s. This I can completely understand. Yet there appears to be a tremendous double standard here when it comes to the Left. Here is a party that is made up of self described communists who advocate policies similar to those that resulted in unimaginable pain and suffering from the 40s until the 90s, yet many otherwise reasonable people apparently have no problems with this particular brand of extremism.

Both of these parties are based on extremist ideologies which have historically, and without fail, led to amazing levels of hatred, death and destruction. Both of these parties deserve to be shunned and marginalized by society.
23:49 August 7, 2011 by Talonx
@ Frankiep

These are Gorby style communists (and most of them aren't even that, many are ideologically unaligned and most want to remain an opposition party), you need to check your history son. You know, Gorby, the man who purposefully brought down the wall and the iron curtain with a program of openness and constant completely democratic reform.

Your comparison is bogus, it's a huge and equivocating stretch of the imagination.
01:11 August 8, 2011 by Hans Tuga
NPD and CSU should be treated the same way they treated everybody that did not conform with their pseudo-arianess and christianess...

Even better let's give them the treatment prescrived in the bible to such horrors: punish them till the 3rd generation of their families!!!

Jeovah knows that such evil runs deep...
05:51 August 8, 2011 by Cygniapolis
Since most Germans are currently center-left in their politics, banning the Left party would have the ironic consequence of returning the SDP and Greens to power, since the only reason the CDU/CSU/FDP coalition holds power is the division of the left, in other words the existence of the Left party. A classic example of being careful what you wish for.
09:34 August 8, 2011 by frankiep

What exactly is Gorby style communism? You describe it as a system of openness which brought about democratic reform and in the end brought down communism itself. So then your retort makes little sense since you are essentially saying that the Left party are communists who want a style of communism which will end communism. Tell me if that makes any sense whatsoever.


The Greens seem to be doing pretty well the last time I looked, and it certainly wouldn't be a bad thing to have a moderate leftist party like the SPD back as serious players. Anything to curtail extremists on both the right and the left should be viewed as a good thing.
10:39 August 8, 2011 by freechoice
from the bible, i would assume Jesus is either a socialist or a leftist. why a 'Christian' organisation wants to go against Jesus virtues?
15:03 August 8, 2011 by ngwanem
well put freechoice!

Most so-called "Christian" parties nowadays are behaving like the very traders and moneymakers Jesus chased out of the temple, whom he classified as "thieves and robbers"- the only outburst record of Jesus in the Bible.

Now these very parties attack the notion of communism, not realizing communism is the backbone philosophy of monastic institutions (in Christianity and Buddhism).

Anyway, the political and business elites are not stupid - through their successful media manipulation to represent communism, socialism, social democracy, authoritarian socialism (Maoism, Leninism, Stalinism etc) as the same thing, although there are marked differences.
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