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Germany set to ban extreme right party

The Local · 23 Mar 2012, 09:29

Published: 23 Mar 2012 09:29 GMT+01:00

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"The NDP is a party that is an enemy of the constitution. We want to start a process to ban it," said Hans-Peter Friedrich, federal minister of the interior, on Thursday after his regional colleagues met.

Germany was last year rocked by the revelation that a fascist gang, calling itself the National Socialist Underground based in the eastern town of Zwickau, was made up of people close to the NPD.

The cell has been accused of at least 10 murders between 2000 and 2006, mainly of Turks.

The NPD was established in 1964 and garnered 1.5 percent of the vote at the last federal elections in 2009. It has never had a seat in the Bundestag, the lower chamber of parliament.

The party has a strong presence in the former East Germany.

Previous attempts to ban it failed after it emerged that NPD leaders upon whose anti-constitutional statements were used as evidence against the party, were being paid by intelligence agencies.

Some moves have been made regionally to shut down such informants in the hope of clearing the decks for another attempt to ban the party.

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10:42 March 23, 2012 by klaus stoiber
Those people had close links to the npd but doesn't mean they were actual members.Banning this party won't ban an idea as they can easily regroup and register a new party. Let the world be made aware that germany today is not a true democracy. The usa and uk live quite comfortably with the likes of communist parties and ku klux klans, why should it be different for the npd? If people want an npd government they would have voted for it in large numbers by now already, but they don't,so why ban them? Why drive a ideology further underground and then when attacks on foreigners happen,you don't know where it came from whereas an unbanned npd can still be monitored
14:33 March 23, 2012 by Bigfoot76
I would rather know where the beast is than worry about trying to track it down the next time it strikes. I hope though that this is not a possible sign that NPD is gaining strength. I mean perhaps the reason behind the ban is because politicians are starting to feel threatened by the NPD possibly gaining ground. Now instead of a ban, I think anti-Natzi content such as commercials, news stories, and so on should start.
14:35 March 23, 2012 by tommy2shoes
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17:36 March 23, 2012 by Englishted
First ban the party,then burn their books .

Watch out we are on a dangerous path.

Personally I can't stand these fascists but why sink down to their level a strong democracy has nothing to fear if it holds together.
17:45 March 23, 2012 by gtaglia
Why should any party be banned, or censored? They have as much right to express their opinions as anyone else. When political opinion must be approved of by whatever group is in control of government, there will be no real opposition, just multiple factions with the same general policy, pretending to be different (which is mostly what exists now).

As for the murderers, they were best dealt with, in the past, by the gallows and should be again.
21:33 March 23, 2012 by tommy2shoes
Germany needs to ban all Nazi protocol and jail anyone associated with the killing machine....
03:28 March 24, 2012 by GermanMonarchist
The real crime of the NPD is using the Kaisereich flag as one of their flags. If only Bismarck and Wilhelm could see what lowlifes use their flags..........
17:06 March 24, 2012 by Gretl
The NPD has an office in our village and I get flyers in my mailbox from them. Our village is trying everything they can to get rid of them, but their hands are tied. While I agree that banning them just makes them harder to monitor, I think villages should be able to make their village a hate-free zone.
23:25 March 24, 2012 by Clarissa Smith
Why shouldn't a democracy fight criminals? These are people with inhumane, criminal ideas and they shouldn't get any government money and support.
11:32 April 1, 2012 by Sayer
Ah yes, the thought police are alive and well. Better to have them out in public, the NPD that is. Make them clarify and defend their ideas. Debate them openly. Truth needs no law to support it. If they show themselves to be unworthy of election, then don't vote for them. Once you drive them underground, that's when they will become subversive. Better to have them and their ideas subjected to the bleaching of bright sunlight instead.
19:43 April 4, 2012 by Prufrock2010
@Sayer: I completely agree.
18:25 April 17, 2012 by Kurd_007
Germany has done a great job in transforming the society from a Nazi supporters to a relatively tolerance society. Germany has a lot more to do to make German society & system as open to immigrants as the UK and US.

The existence of NPD encourage German youth to become radicalised and join organisations like National Socialist Underground who committed many murders. Existence of such organisations scores negative points and does not help Germany to fulfil its dream to play it's deserved role as a world super power.
04:26 April 30, 2012 by jeff10renatus
Why is it that of all of Local publications for various European countries, the Local for Germany 'removes' the most comments? Does this seem to others to be a continuation of the attitude that allowed the Nazis to come to power and Stasi to be so effective in East Germany?

So, is this dark and threatening propensity to stifle dissent and unpopular or provacative comments, all traits of totalitarianism, alive and well in modern Germany, as evidenced by the unreasonably dictatorial acts of the Local for Germany?

Why does the German Local fear expressions of certain types of opinions?

Do the editors or does the management of the Local for Germany even realize that these censorious actions are the very basis of what allows for the existence of totalitarian regimes?

And banning parties is nothing more than what was done by the Nazis and the communists in East Germany. Is there some German gene that promotes the affinitiy for totalitarianism, authoritarianism, and other forms of thought control?

Why not let freedom ring and let people say and write what will be said and written in private? Why do Germans seem to fear expressions of dissent?

And my ancestry is quite German and Germanic.

All of these censorious or freedom-stifling acts and attitudes might lead one to believe that Germans have learned nothing from the past.
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