Germany: Official Labels Cost of Living Protesters as “Enemies of the State”

A German top official expressed his disapproval of possible protests during energy shortages as “enemies of the state,” he argued they want to overthrow the government.

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Herbert Reul, the interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, says that anti-mandatory and anti-lockdown demonstrators will continue getting more vocal about the German energy crisis.

In an interview with German News outlet NT, Reul has revealed that German Security Services have been monitoring "extremists" in order to prevent them from infiltrating the protests and staging violence; these extremists are arranging unrest on Telegram, which German authprities have struggled to ban.

Reul said: “You can already tell from those who are out there,” he then went on to add that: “The protesters no longer talk about coronavirus or vaccination. But they are now misusing people’s worries and fears in other fields. (…) It’s almost something like new enemies of the state that are establishing themselves.”

Reul acknowledges the very real threat of blackouts, power grid failures, and gas shortages; not only that, but he asserts that these issues are giving credence to “conspiracy theory narratives.”

However, we cannot call this a conspiracy theory as it is no secret to anyone that people in Germany have been stocking up on stoves and fuel after the government announced that thermostats would be limited to 19C inside public buildings - these restrictions also extend to sports arenas and exhibition centers to offer assistance to help with the sky high energy bills to freezing citizens.

As Remix News reports, blaming right-wing conspiracy theorists for a crisis caused by Germany’s sanctions on Russia and their dependence on green energy is pretty rich

“Reul, like the country’s federal interior minister, Nancy Faeser, is attempting to tie right-wing ideology and protests against Covid-19 policies to any potential protests in the winter.”

“While some on the right, such as the Alternative for Germany (AfD), have stressed that the government’s sanctions against Russia are the primary factor driving the current energy crisis, they have not advocated an “overthrow” of the government. Instead, they have stressed the need to restart the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, end energy sanctions against Russia, and push for a peaceful solution to end the war.”