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Memo Dr Bandt: coronavirus concern is not racism

25 February 2020

5:00 AM

25 February 2020

5:00 AM

When Green’s leader Adam Bandt tweeted about last week’s shooting in Hanau, Germany, it became evident that he does understand what racism is. 

Nine people of foreign heritage were murdered on Thursday by a 43-year-old who I won’t name, who had posted a racist video and manifesto on the Internet. It’s sparked a conversation about far-right xenophobic violence.
Thousands of people took to the streets in 50 cities across Germany in a stand of solidarity; there were chants of “Never again”.  

Police protection at mosques was increased. 

Many are laying a huge portion of blame at the feet of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), which has emerged the country’s biggest opposition party.

AfD isn’t accused of any direct involvement in the bloodshed and the party has condemned the attack. But, there are claims it has “coarsened the debate” and sparked a rise in right-wing extremist violence. 

Anyone with a basic grasp of history is concerned. 

Of course, the difficulty for political parties on the left who are hell-bent on open borders is the popularity of the AfD has surged since nearly a million non-EU migrants reached Germany in 2015It won 12.6 per cent of the vote at the last election. 

But, I digress…  Back to our very own Greens leader Adam Bandt.  

Following the Hanau shooting, he tweeted:

Just days before Bandt had written:

In light of the horrors in Hanau, the Greens may be wise to reconsider hurling the term “racism” around when discussing an unstable public health crisis; ultimately, it leaves very little room to manoeuvre when actual racism strikes.   

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