On May 8, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the liberation from German fascism, the Heilbronn district association of the “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) is planning a lecture event. The AfD right-wing winger Alexander Gauland, of all people, should speak.
The former Hessian CDU State Secretary is a founding member of the AfD, currently he acts as its deputy spokesman and is chairman of the Brandenburg State Association. After working as editor of the “Märkische Zeitung”, Gauland now publishes regularly in the newspaper “Junge Freiheit”.It is considered the link between right-wing conservative and openly Nazi milieu. In the articles published there, Gauland repeatedly attracts attention with openly right-wing statements. He claims that the “German nation-state” is abolishing itself through “false immigration” and the “destruction of traditional educational content”. He is therefore in favor of “regulating” refugee policy and only accepting “really persecuted” refugees in Germany, while at the same time railing against the “gender madness of“ green-left moral individualists ”.
Gauland declared himself a supporter of Bismarck’s foreign policy by quoting his “blood and iron” speech and speaking out in favor of a less “pacifist” representation of “German national interests” and, indirectly, for the use of more “military force”.
Within the AfD, Gauland fired the national conservative wing: He was one of the first to sign the “Erfurt Resolution”, which criticized the neoliberal leadership of the party by chairman Bernd Lucke.
The undersigned criticize the partial distancing of the AfD leadership from right-wing conservative protest movements such as PEGIDA. Alexander Gauland in particular never set himself apart from the undisguised racism of the “patriotic Europeans” and stated that one had to “take these worries seriously”. The “resolution” also calls for the AfD to be seen “as a movement of our people against the social experiments of the last few decades (gender mainstreaming, multiculturalism, educational freedom, etc.)” and “as a resistance movement against the further erosion of Germany’s sovereignty and identity” .
But regardless of Gauland, the AfD, currently the strongest right-wing populist party, stands for a socially reactionary rollback. It stands for the agitation against socially disadvantaged people and refugees, against homosexuals and leftists.
On May 8th we will show that the reactionary propaganda of right-wing agitators like Alexander Gauland does not go unchallenged. We will take to the streets together against the AfD event and oppose its policy of social division with our visions of a society based on solidarity!