Apparently it was the same VW station wagon as on Wednesday. One of the slogans at the time: “No more human-killing climate change”. According to the “Spiegel” on the other side: “Nicole, I love you”.
“The driver drove against the gate at very low speed,” said police spokesman Thilo Cablitz. The man was said to have been sitting alone in the car and was not injured during the action, and there was “marginal” damage to the gate and car. The man was taken into police custody and initially showed himself to be cooperative in his questioning.
The police were initially unable to provide any information about the motives. According to Tagesspiegel information, the investigators are currently assuming a mental illness in the man. He’s also in a wheelchair.
At first, a police spokeswoman could not say anything about any connections to protest movements such as “lateral thinking”, and Cablitz did not want to commit himself later either. The vehicle and the slogans could be taken as an indication.
Immediately after the incident, the federal police arrested the man and searched the car for explosives or the like. Dogs were also used – but they found nothing conspicuous, only the man’s private objects. These are now being spotted by investigators.
There was an ideological conspiracy article in the passenger seat
There was a slip of paper on the passenger seat with a copy of an excerpt from the ideological conspiracy magazine “Wochenblick” from Austria, as reported by a photographer present on site to the Tagesspiegel.
The expression is believed to be an article in the media from September, in which the sudden death of a 13-year-old schoolgirl is linked to wearing mouth and nose protection. Leading heads of the “lateral thinking” movement, such as the ENT doctor Bodo Schiffmann from Sinsheim, have repeatedly claimed that a number of children in Germany have already died while wearing masks. There is no evidence of this.
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The tragic death of a 13-year-old in a school bus in Rhineland-Palatinate caused a lot of stir. Since the schoolgirl is said to have been wearing a mask at the time of her death, media outlets of conspiracy ideology such as the Austrian “Wochenblick” spread the rumor that the child might have died as a result of CO2 poisoning. On the part of the authorities, however, it said about the incident that there was no evidence that would speak for the everyday mask as the cause of death.
Calls for protests in front of the Bundestag and the Chancellery
Meanwhile, in various Telegram groups of conspiracy theorists and supporters of the so-called “QAnon” movement, the rumor is spreading that today’s incident in front of the Federal Chancellery could be a “staged action” to further the “lateral thinking” movement discredit. Some users speak of a “false flag” campaign allegedly prepared by the government.
For days, various channels of the Corona movement had called for protests on Wednesday morning in front of the Bundestag and the Federal Chancellery. The occasion was a video conference planned for Wednesday afternoon between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the state premiers to decide on new pandemic measures.
A dozen Corona critics demonstrated in front of the Bundestag
According to the police, a small gathering against an alleged “Merkel dictatorship” was registered. While the Stuttgart initiative “lateral thinking 711” did not share the appeal, the anti-Semitic conspiracy ideologist Attila Hildmann has been calling for a demonstration on Wednesday morning in the government district for days.
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According to eyewitness reports, however, only a dozen participants appeared in front of the Reichstag building at around 9 a.m., while the police were clearly in the majority.
The Berlin fire brigade was also called to the Chancellery after the incident. A spokesman told the Tagesspiegel that they were alerted at 10:03 a.m. They were on site with an ambulance and an extinguishing and rescue vehicle. The ambulance was still on site 45 minutes later, the other vehicle had already been withdrawn. (with Reuters)