Germany: Political Violence Suddenly a Bad Thing After It Happens to Politician from Ruling Party

There’s been nonstop political violence against the German right for years now. The government has encouraged it, or at least not condoned it.

All of a sudden it’s bad?

Deutsche Welle:

German police said on Monday said that investigators had identified three more suspects after an attack on the European lawmaker Matthias Ecke and a Green Party campaign worker in Dresden.

Ecke, a member of the European parliament for Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats (SPD), was set upon by four attackers as he displayed EU election posters in Dresden on Friday night, according to the police.

How the investigation has proceededAfter a 17-year-old had already turned himself in, the apartments of three other suspects were searched.

During the investigation, two additional suspects were initially identified and their apartments were searched early on Sunday evening on the orders of the Dresden District Court.

A fourth suspect was identified on Sunday, whose apartment was also searched late in the evening. Investigators said evidence was confiscated and was now being evaluated. All four are said to be aged either 17 or 18.

The investigators were said to have tracked down the three other suspects by evaluating evidence that was confiscated from the one who confessed. Police on Sunday said the 17-year-old who initially came forward had no previous criminal record, and had so far “not commented on the motive for the offence.”

Media reports suggested that right-wing extremist leanings were found in the first suspect’s home.

A spokesperson for the state criminal investigation office later said there was reason to believe one of the suspects has right-wing views.

Politically motivated violence in GermanyOn Monday, Ecke shared a picture of his injuries on X, formerly Twitter, showing a black eye and his cheek swollen with a plaster.

“This is not just about me, but about everyone who is politically active out of passion. In a democracy, nobody should have to fear speaking their mind!” he wrote.

Chancellor Scholz condemned the attack, saying it was a threat to democracy. On Monday, the German Interior Ministry said interior ministers of Germany’s 16 states would hold an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday to discuss measures to counter attacks on politicians.

In response to the violence, thousands of demonstrators gathered in the streets of Dresden and Berlin on Sunday to protest right-wing extremism and political violence.

Yes, of course.

Big crowd of pro-government activists.

Pro-government activism is very popular in Germany.

Nobody in this picture should have the right to vote