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Two Pirates exposed as former NPD members

The Local · 12 Oct 2011, 11:17

Published: 12 Oct 2011 11:17 GMT+02:00

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Valentin Seipt, a Pirate Party district chairman in Freising, Bavaria resigned earlier this week after the accusation emerged. Matthias Bahner, who is a Pirate Party district council member in Greifswald, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is still in his position, although the party has said it will discuss the issue this month.

The revelations are controversial because the NPD is widely seen as a racist party supporting extreme right-wing stances.

In contrast, the Pirate Party, which recently made big inroads in Berlin’s state elections and is winning increasing support nationwide, portrays itself as a party based on freedom and the protection of civil rights. Recent polls have shown surging figures, with up to nine percent of Germans supporting the Pirates.

According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, Seipt was an NPD member from at least 2007 to 2009 and was, for a time, a deputy district chairman for the NPD.

The 25-year-old told the newspaper that he had joined the group as an impressionable youngster, then struggled to break away. He said he was resigning from the Pirate leadership position in order to “prevent harm” to the party.

“The NPD’s structure is a cult and there is big pressure on the individual,” he told the newspaper. “These people were standing outside my door and threatened my friend.”

Bahner said he had joined the NPD in 2003 at 18, not realizing the ramifications. He called it a “youthful indescretion.”

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Michael Rudolph, the party’s leader in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, told Die Welt newspaper that members would discuss Bahner’s past at a meeting later this month. He said the party tries to give members a second chance after making mistakes.

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11:58 October 12, 2011 by bungabunga
I find it interesting that it is agreed the NPD is full of young misguided youths often without direction or means of getting direction yet they must wear a scarlet letter for the rest of their lives even after managing to leave the group.

I do not agree with the Pirate Party on many things, but have a hard time believing it would support any sort of far right agenda based on the support base of groups like this.
12:53 October 12, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
I am shocked, shocked to see that newspapers, probably part of media empires, find reasons not to like the Pirate Party !.

(Would I be correct in assuming that these newspapers have also checked the membership lists of the mainstream parties to see if they have ex-NDP members ?)

(I am neither a Pirate Party nor a NDP supporter.)
12:54 October 12, 2011 by nathan45
This is such bias crap because your right wind does not mean your a deviant person "infiltrating" other partys. If your anti immigration thats your right to advocate it.

I personaly dont think that risking the safety of our people just for cheap labour when we have unemployed of our own. From 9/11 to now there have been thousands of terror arrests or was 10 years too long ago for people to care just like every thing else these days.
13:48 October 12, 2011 by ChrisRea
@ nathan45

Why would you link terrorism with immigration? On the contrary, it actually fits the guys from NPD, like the Freikorps terrorists from Nauen.
15:35 October 12, 2011 by freechoice
frankly i think they are basically in the wrong party.

they would never blend in with their right wing agendas.
08:50 October 13, 2011 by moistvelvet
Former NPD members you say? Pope Benedict XVI was a former member of the Hitler youth so the point is?
12:01 October 13, 2011 by frankiep
Shouldn't people be glad that these guys have experienced life with the NPD and decided to reject it? Or is the whole point to brand them as Nazis for life thereby giving them little choice but to remain associated with extremists?
17:32 October 13, 2011 by LecteurX
Errrm, moistvelvet, young Josef Ratzinger did not have much of a choice as to joining the Hitler Youth or not. It was all but compulsory for 10-year-olds, and families failing to sending their kids to the "HJ" had to be prepared to face the "consequences" of their decision. I suppose for Catholic families the level of suspicion was even higher, since the Nazis distrusted them even more than "regular" Germans.

Therefore your argument is quite invalid, since nobody coerced thes young men to join the NPD. Thanks for dragging the Pope, for all his faults, into a discussions with which he has absolutely nothing to do...

I agree with most commenters saying that this should be irrelevant, really. We're talking about a LEGAL political party in today's Germany, which has existed for much of the last 50 years, no matter how distasteful this party's agenda is, not the Stasi or some obscure terror group. Being young and foolish is a good enough excuse. We don't keep thieves and petty criminals forever in prison, and we believe in their capacity to reform themselves, at least we give them a chance to do so. Shouldn't it be the same with former NPD members? Thousands of years of civilisation tell us "Errare humanum est". And again, after all, violate the law they did not.
05:29 October 14, 2011 by nathan45
@ChrisRea why link immigration to terrorism? I know there have been a couple of insane people like the guy in Norway who killed inocent people but look at the number of immigrants in E.U and other western countries that are arrested it seems like every month on terror charges like sending money to the Taliban and ploting the mass murder how long will it be before some of them dont get caught and inocent people die.
21:37 October 21, 2011 by neunElf
I love the cheap shots taken at Pope Benedict!

Very good LecteurX for pointing out this smear attempt!
18:52 October 24, 2011 by EdeWolf
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