Angela Merkel yesterday spoke about the protests that have been going on in Charlottesville, Virginia. She mentioned that she felt that these protests were evil, horrifying and racist. She said that the world has no place for such protests and they should, therefore, be condemned on a worldwide scale. The German Chancellor mentioned that such far right violence and racist actions should be met with forceful action. She mentioned that it should be handled regardless of place of occurrence. She was speaking to Deutschlandfunk and Phoenix who happen to be German public broadcasters. At the same time, Angela Merkel took the opportunity to send her condolence message to the relatives of Heather D. Heyer. Heyer was killed after a car was driven into a multitude of counter protestors.
Angela Merkel, however, refused to criticize the Trump administration for what was happening realizing that her own country faces the same problems. For instance, she has had to deal with far-right extremists and anti-Semitism during her reign as the German chancellor. She said that before she can point fingers, it’s important to be aware of the issues that are taking place in Germany itself. She acknowledged that the United States has been torn and something needs to be done. She insisted that the world should rise against any form of violence that could mean aggressive violence or extreme violence.
Many can remember that Germany is the birth place of the Nazi Party. It’s also the birth place on any ensuing atrocities that were brought into this world by the Nazis in the early 1930s. Many generations across the world including those in Germany have been raised to shun away from Nazism. In Germany alone, it’s a crime to be associated with Nazis. This is unlike the United States. In the free world, people especially the far right extremists are at liberty to carry the emblematic red flags, those flags that have a black swastika and a white circle. In the United States, the stiff-armed Hitler salute is allowed.
Try all these things in Germany and Austria. You will be hit with a fine that will make you regret for the rest of your life. In Dresden, a man was attacked for making the Hitler Salute. His name could not be revealed as Germany emphasizes on privacy. However, Germany has struggled with neo-Nazi groups for many years. For instance, there were 22,000 attacks in Germany in 2016. This report was brought to light by the domestic intelligence agency.