AfD in Brandenburg can continue to be described as a suspected right-wing extremist case
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution may not call the AfD a suspected right-wing extremist case – but the Brandenburg Office for the Protection of the Constitution can. A court in Potsdam came to this conclusion. The Ministry of the Interior sees itself confirmed.
Dhe Brandenburg AfD failed with its urgent action against the classification as a suspected right-wing extremist case before the state constitutional court in Potsdam. In contrast to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Brandenburg’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution can continue to monitor the state party using intelligence means and identify it as a suspected case.
A spokeswoman for the state constitutional court told the “Tagesspiegel” on Thursday that it had decided on the AfD’s urgent action from January. However, she did not want to comment on the result for the time being.
When asked, Brandenburg’s Interior Minister Michael Stübgen (CDU) told the Tagesspiegel: “The State Constitutional Court has informed the Interior Ministry that the application for a temporary injunction has been rejected. The classification of the AfD Brandenburg as a suspected right-wing extremist case can still be publicly named. ”The Ministry of the Interior sees its legal opinion confirmed by this.
The Brandenburg AfD was classified as a suspected case of right-wing extremist efforts in June 2020 and has been monitored by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution ever since. He is therefore allowed to monitor communication and use party members as informants.
The parliamentary group leader is proven right-wing extremist
The reason for the classification are close connections in the right-wing extremist scene and the dominant role of the völkisch wing in the state party. AfD parliamentary group leader Hans-Christoph Berndt is also classified as a “proven right-wing extremist”, and the “Zukunft Heimat” association he runs has been a “proven right-wing extremist endeavor” since the beginning of 2020.
Only seven months after its classification, the AfD filed a lawsuit in January 2021 against the actions of the constitution protection department in the Brandenburg Ministry of the Interior. The AfD wanted the Ministry of the Constitutional Court to prohibit publicly designating the party as a suspected case. But the Constitutional Court rejected the application and declared that it was not responsible.
Rather, the AfD should first have submitted an urgent application to the administrative court. In fact, the party had also filed a lawsuit there in January against the classification as a suspected case, but not an urgent application, but an application in a so-called main proceedings. When it will be decided is still unclear.
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AfD Brandenburg continue suspected rightwing extremist case