Steinmeier appeal in a pandemic: “This majority must not remain silent”

Status: 01/19/2022 3:56 p.m

The Federal President is certain that the large, often silent majority in Germany is acting in solidarity and responsibly in the corona pandemic. However, Steinmeier stressed that she must not leave the field to radical forces.

In the intensifying debate about the right course to take regarding Corona, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for radical forces not to leave the field.

The large, often silent majority in our country has been acting in solidarity and responsibility for months, Steinmeier said in a small discussion round to which he had invited volunteers instead of the usual New Year’s reception because of the pandemic.

But I’m afraid this majority cannot remain silent when extremists lay the ax on basic democratic trust.

According to Steinmeier, everyone in Germany has the right to protest peacefully against corona measures. “But I see with concern that radical, especially right-wing extremist forces, who are not concerned with Corona, but who are attacking our democratic constitutional state, are exploiting the protests for their own purposes and are increasingly harnessing others to their anti-democratic carts.”

Federal President Steinmeier speaks to volunteers in a small discussion group.

Image: dpa

“This offends us all”

The violence in these protests is increasing. Police officers, journalists and politicians are being attacked more and more frequently. The rule of law must punish such attacks with all severity. But there is also another aspect that concerns everyone in Germany.

When so-called ‘walkers’ babble about a ‘corona dictatorship’, it’s not just contempt for state institutions. But that offends us all! Because we are all this democracy! We are all struggling to do the right thing in this grinding pandemic.

In some regions of Germany, people who are committed to democracy would ask themselves whether the majority was still behind them. Such people should not be left alone, said Steinmeier.

don’t give up on people

He also advocated not giving up on people. Wherever colleagues, neighbors or relatives turn away, an attempt should be made to bring these people back.

The attacks on democracy would continue after the end of the corona pandemic, says Steinmeier. “I’m sure the mandatory vaccination debate will not be the last topic with which extreme forces will try to drive the poisoned sting into our democracy.”

Germany faces enormous challenges after the pandemic. The fight against climate change, the organization of immigration and migration, digitization and globalization as well as the modernization of the state and education system – all these tasks cannot be mastered if more and more people are lost along the way and, in the worst case, follow the anti-democratic calls.

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