As of March 30, 2021 4:01 p.m.
Tareq Alaows, Bundestag candidate in Oberhausen and Dinslaken, withdraws his candidacy for the Bundestag. In a message from the party, he cites threats and racism as the reasons.
“The high level of threats for me and especially for people close to me is the most important reason for withdrawing my candidacy,” said the press release.
Great media attention
The candidacy of the refugee Syrian had a lot of media coverage. Alaows was not ready for a conversation with the WDR on Tuesday. For his own protection, he wanted to stay out of the public eye for a while. It remains to be seen who exactly made the threats against him.
In February, the 31-year-old announced that he wanted to be the first refugee from Syria to run for the Bundestag. Due to the tense security situation, this is no longer possible, the Greens announced on Tuesday. The party did not want to explain what that means in concrete terms.
Alaows strongly criticizes the handling of refugees
In the party’s announcement, Tareq Alaows emphasized that strong political and social measures are urgently needed to counter structural racism and to help those affected: “The great public attention for my candidacy has shown what is possible for us, refugees Unfortunately, in our society there is a lack of non-discriminatory spaces in all areas of life. It is up to all of us to address this specifically in our environment and to change it. ”
The Greens in Oberhausen and Dinslaken regret the decision of the 31-year-old according to his own statement, but at the same time express respect for his “retreat for the sake of security”.
NRW Greens regret withdrawal
President of the Greens, Felix Banaszak
Green country chief Felix Banaszak said: “I regret the withdrawal of Tareq Alaows, but it is understandable against the background of the threat situation. I respect his decision. “All citizens must” counter racist hostility and threats from the right even more effectively because, in addition to the danger for those affected, they represent a danger for our plural democracy. ”