German Minister Compares Left-Wing Extremists To "Despicable Islamic Terrorists"

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The violent riots that engulfed the city of Hamburg during the G20 summit have prompted some deep soul-searching among ordinary Germans while provoking a wave of indignation among German politicians, who demanded a radical change of approach toward violent protests, as well as to left-wing extremism. Speaking to Bild, Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said “Germany’s image in the international community has been severely damaged due to the incidents in Hamburg" following three nights of violent clashes between the left-wing radicals and police in the German northern port city that hosted the G20 summit.

"All alleged political motives for this orgy of violence are full of deceit and should just serve as a disguise for the real motive of the offenders that [came] from all parts of Europe: violence in itself,” Gabriel blasted, perhaps not knowing that NYC Mayor de Blasio flew to Hamburg with the explicit "noble" intention of encouraging said group of protesters.

The minister also demanded the creation of an EU-wide special investigative committee that would launch an inquiry against all those involved in the violent riots in Hamburg. “A state governed by the rule of law must now demonstrate an ability to defend itself."

Echoing Gabriel, Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas also spoke about the necessity of an EU-wide response to outbreaks of left-wing extremism. He particularly demanded the establishment of the European information databank on extremists as well as more intensive exchange of data on extremists committing violent crimes. “We have faced a new form of violence, to which we should respond with enhanced cooperation in fighting extremists,” Maas told the German media on Monday in Berlin. He also vowed to employ a tougher approach toward violent extremists’ supporters. “Those, who support rampant violence will also have to stand trial,” he said, as cited by the Der Tagesspiegel daily.

Maas told German broadcaster NDR he backed creation of a "database of left-wing extremists", but said it could take a long time to set up. In the meantime, countries should at least exchange data about those convicted of violent acts, he said.

Also on Monday, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere compared the left-wing rioters in Hamburg to neo-nazis and islamic terrorists. "The brutality with which extremely violent anarchists have proceeded in Hamburg since Thursday is unfathomable and scandalous," de Maiziere told reporters. “Those were not demonstrators. Those were violent and felonious radicals,” the minister said during a press conference on Monday, adding that those who staged violent riots in Hamburg were “despicable, violent extremists just like neo-Nazis and Islamist terrorists.” He added that people who had thrown paving slabs from rooftops had essentially been "preparing attempted murder".

He also echoed Gabriel's words, saying that they have no right to use any political motives to justify their actions and expressed his hope that the German courts would pass “tough sentences” upon them. He went on to say that summits similar to the G20 would continue to be hosted in major German cities, despite any threats of violence from various extremists. “Any other approach would be a capitulation of the law-bound state,” the minister added.

Martin Schulz, the Social Democrat (SPD) challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany's national election in September, said the militants had acted like terrorists. He said the "marauding gangs" could not claim to have any political legitimacy for their actions, adding: "It had the characteristics of terrorism."

"Such small-minded skirmishes are the business of people who took a whole city hostage for their dim-wittedness in an almost terrorist manner," said Schulz, whose party is trailing Merkel's conservatives in the opinion polls.

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There were also mutual accusations among Germany's political parties, as many politicians focused specifically on the flaws of the existing approach towards left-wing extremism and violence in Germany by saying that this problem has long been neglected by the authorities.

The head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), Christian Lindner, did not go quite as far as Maas' suggestion of a database of left-wing extremists, but demanded that extremists’ activities be “much more closely monitored” by the German domestic security service, the BfV, which is usually tasked with dealing with terrorist activities or far-right extremists.  A member of the presidium of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Jens Spahn, told Bild on Sunday that “the extent of left-wing extremism in Germany has been downplayed for years.”

If those were neo-Nazis who reduced Hamburg to “wreckage and ashes,” the public indignation would be rightfully big, he said, adding that “the left-wing fascists with their hatred and violence need just the same clear response.”

The politician also went further, accusing the Social Democrats, Greens and Left parties of deliberately downplaying the left-wing violence and “closing their eyes” to it. His words were echoed by CDU Secretary General Peter Tauber, who told Bild that “nobody would come to the idea of just tolerating far-right extremist centers” while, “in case of the left-wing extremist centers such as Rigaer Strasse in Berlin or the Rote Flora in Hamburg, people are often too reserved.”

“That must change,” Tauber added.

His words were echoed by Stephan Mayer, an MP from the CDU’s ally, the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) party, who said that the city authorities in Berlin and Hamburg “should no longer tolerate squatting by left-wing extremists and lawless zones in Rigaer Strasse and the Rote Flora.” Both places were squatted by left-wing groups after being abandoned years ago. Similar ideas were expressed by the head of the Federal Chancellor’s Office, Peter Altmaier, who said that the closure of the left-wing extremists’ centers would be a “test” for Germany.

“We should not tolerate any lawless zones,” he said, adding that the left-wing extremists consistently spread the idea that “damage to property is not that bad.” He went on to say that tolerating such ideas is a “grave mistake.”

In his Twitter post, Altmaier also compared what he called “repulsive extreme terror” in Hamburg to terror from right-wing extremists and Islamists. He also thanked Hamburg police for its efforts aimed at containing the rioters.

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Police said almost 500 officers were injured during the protests, with 186 people arrested and 225 taken into custody.

As Reuters reports, some commentators have criticized Merkel's choice of Hamburg, a seaport with a strong radical leftist tradition, to host the meeting, saying her desire to demonstrate her commitment to freedom of speech had backfired.

To be sure, the chancellor also condemned the violence in her speech at the summit.

“I sharply condemn the rampant violence and unrestrained brutality the police was facing over and over again during the G20 summit,” she said at that time, adding that “there is not the slightest justification for looting, arson and brutal attacks.”

Merkel promised compensation to those who had property damaged. De Maiziere said he expected judicial authorities to pass tough sentences on the militants and added that breaching the peace could result in prison sentences lasting several years.

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Aristofani's picture

Trump was pleased enough: “Law enforcement & military did a spectacular job in Hamburg. Everybody felt totally safe despite the anarchists.” How flattering for the otherwise toothless anarchists.

Manthong's picture


It could be worse
They could be Trumpist wacho Western Civilisationist extremists.

Manthong's picture

It could be worse worse…

Like a dead dancer whacking in the moonlight.



It is all F'n SARC, dummies.....


Like your scam banking and finance “system”.

wildbad's picture

there was a press conference the night before the H_Berg summit by Demisiere (of misery) and the Hamburg chief of police.
they were bragging about their ability to easily secure Hamburg and its esteemed visitors on the evening news ,
loud and long.

They blamed, in advance extremists from the left and the right.

ITs never the right, and it is always the left.

Their current solution, powered by the globalists Schulz and OfMisery amd others, to "Create a Europe Wide Database" of all potential terrorists.

I would most certainly be included in that list. Just like post 911. This is their "Patriot Act"

Forget about Simply arresting the hundreds of masked terrorists on the street....Naw..too easy.

Build a new cyber army to run a big database in a big glass building..that'll do it.

Fuck em all. Arrest the politicians and any masked thug you see.

D Nyle's picture

Every day a libtard is fucked over, is a good day. Trump at home Ass-Rapes liberals multiple time a day, by taking away libtard free shit. All I know is after Eight years of Libtards in Hell, Most will have killed themselves, in Prison or living on the streets. This is a Win Win Win situation

poetic justice's picture

I beg the question... What would have happened if someone had driven a gi-normas "MAN: truck (cause that is what you find in the JewEU) into the bunch of thugs and Soros stooges, ala Nice, flattening a few hundred of the bastards.

How would the TPTB react to that happening? Interesting question wouldn't you think? It may well have shown that the cops are really in collusion with the lefty morons. Alas we were never destined to find that out this time.

Then maybe next time, when the people finally determine the despots, with assistance from their black hooded puppets, are rapidly tightening the noose ever so tight around citizens necks, the whole scenario may well change.



Arnold's picture

Despicable, not deplorable.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

I thought there was no such thing as Islamic terrorism?


“Germany’s image in the international community has been severely damaged due to the incidents in Hamburg"

No, it wasn't damaged - we all expected exactly this to happen.

Ghordius's picture

"I thought there was no such thing as Islamic terrorism?"

who would be so daft to put it in such terms? who would be so... snowflaky to say "this or that religion is a religion of peace/war"?

ah, sorry, I forgot. here we have a meeting of the American "war on/of words" with European realities

well, this is a different battlefield for a different set of "hearts and minds"

featuring the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) taking now pot-shots at all those things on the German and European Left which they usually gloss over because they were/are in a political alliance with the Social Democratic SPD for government

I still think the most difficult part for our American Cousins to understand is the european traditions regarding protests on the streets. yes, there are substantial differences. no, from an european perspective, what you see in the US is not protest, it's a kind of... pretend thing

correct, we all expected something like this to happen. and now, if you look at all the initiatives, you might realize that the German police was waiting for all this. example: they are preparing the groundwork for this new "violent leftist database" and issuing hundreds of European Arrest Warrants, and the German minister for police has already asked all his collegues of the Council to push for those warrants to be issued as soon as possible

violence... begets blowback

and yes, those radical leftists are being kind of "ambushed", politically... because they prepared and enacted physical ambushes on the police, in Hamburg. and... all this was expected, too

meh. I doubt even half of the people reading this blog can really make a picture of how it looks on an european street while protests are going on. it's a kind of thing you have to have seen and experienced for yourself. pictures, videos don't convey even half of that

Arnold's picture

Perhaps not, but my nightmares of Central American communist anarchy in the late 70's have mostly been dispersed.

Bombing Pollo Locos must have been great fun.

The Antonio Somosa era, putting aside political rhetoric for a moment was a grand shit show for the time.

I had Costa Rican 'friends' that were ready to defend their border with hunting rifles and pitchforks, at a moments' notice.
No standing Army, dontcha know.

Grimaldus's picture

Hamburg was a display of the progressive stupid for all to see.

Leftists protesting leftists. Destroying the property of other leftists.

Hard to get dumber than that.

Just goes to show, the progressive stupid, it burns.

Criminal violence with intent to destroy my property will be met with the 12 gauge. Bird shot hurts like a mofo. Try pickin that out of your ass.

So Germans are supposed to allow their property to be destroyed by rampaging criminals?

Like I said, the progressive stupid, it burns.











Salsa Verde's picture

At least Islamic terrorists know what they stand for:  These leftist buffoons only exist to wallow in their own misery and shit on people who have a work ethic.

Hopeless for Change's picture


they are really just protesting their own inferiority.





Nightjar's picture

Wir sind alle Nazis.

Free Man's picture

This is what Marxist Merkel wants censored:

The '6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers' are scientifically impossible frauds.
see the 'holocaust' scam debunked here:
No name calling, level playing field debate here:

Only Liars Want Censorship

This is 'holocau$t' logic:

"One should not ask, how this mass murder was made possible. It was technically possible, because it happened. This has to be the obligatory starting-point for any historical research regarding this topic. We would just like to remind you: There is no debate regarding the existence of the gas chambers, and there can never be one."
- endorsed by 34 "reputable historians" and published in the French daily Le Monde on February 21, 1979

Akzed's picture


It's like, a reverse miracle or something.

Bunga Bunga's picture

How many christmas markets did the Nazis plow with a truck?

Vageling's picture

Gee... It took a couple of hunderd of wounded cops to realize cuddling these muppets wasn't going to be effective? I'm shocked I tell you!

Sure, let's make moar "lists". Those have proven to be effective at all. Having abu al muzlani on a list sure stopped him from trying to fit his truck in people's mouth. You know... The " highly educated" dentist.

A lot of hot air. The sheeple will have forgotten in a week anyway. All theater. Whatever happened to Merkel's get used to it mantra?

Fucking clowns. What image? Being full retard?

ludwigvmises's picture

This raging mob in Hamburg should have been shot down by the military. It was awful to see these bastards hurl stones at police with the intent to kill. The police should have used deadly force against these rampaging idiots.

Ghordius's picture

in Europe we spent nearly one century doing exactly that

and no, it is counter-productive, and in many ways the best way to increase radicalization of all kinds

up to Marxists and Fascists battling on the streets, with the police huddled and just watching

nope. order was nevertheless maintained, in Hamburg, and nobody died, which is a success all for itself

it's simple, really: Order. which means also that the criminal is persecuted, and eventually punished

ludwigvmises's picture

Sorry Ghordius, I have seen pictures of German police or servicemen with wounds inflicted by metal bullets shot with military-grade slingshots by "protestors". They shot 1 inch metal screws which penetrated shoulders, arms of servicemen 2 to 3 inches. Without protective gear these could easily take out an eye or even be deadly. They threw 5 lbs bricks at policemen, aiming for their heads. That's a clear intent to kill. I am all for "maintaining order". But when one of these criminals shows the intent to kill then the state needs to answer with the intent to kill - be it with idiots from the left ("anarchists") or right ("nazi hooligans) doesn't matter to me. Answering an attempted use of deadly force with deadly force is hardly escalation. It's self-defense.


Edit: Added image of police injury from metal projectile, warning GRAPHIC! -- Check depth of penetration

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

They threw 5 lbs bricks at policemen, aiming for their heads. That's a clear intent to kill...

and they set PORSCHES on fire, lots and lots of PORSCHES,

a true GERMAN would never set a porsche on fire, maybe an opel but never a porsche.

these were clearly untermenschen

Ghordius's picture

answering nearly deadly force with deadly force would have caused deaths

there were no deaths, in Hamburg, and... the criminals are being prosecuted

this... defeats the cause of the protesters way more then producing martyrs and victims... to be exploited as such by the survivors

TeaClipper's picture

Martyrs, lol, no one, but no one will remember any of these scum, dead or alive. The only good reason to keep this trash breathing is to conscript them into fighting your muslim hoardes when that time comes, as it surly will

TeaClipper's picture

Germany's Black Block the new Fourth Reicht stormtroopers. Aided and abbeted by Soros and complisit German politicians. Time to wake up and deal with your war guilt before you lose your country and your culture, Or are you all really so full of self loathing you prefer mass suicide?

mog's picture

Why do you think they held the meeting in Hamburg?
They have got exactly what they wanted.
An excuse to crack down - on all of us!!
How naive can people get.
The leftist useful idiots fell for it completely and played their designated role of violence spurred on, no doubt, by agent provocoteurs of the state.

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

G7 was arranged in a kingdom castle far far away up in the mountains...

this was totally planned by the EU "NSA" pushers

dogismycopilot's picture

Germany is verbotten for family fun this year.

Do yourself and your family a favor and visit Hungary instead.

Fireman's picture

GESTAPO man Heiko is a scream. He knows exactly who funds the fascists and who tore Hamburg apart with the G 20 globalist circus as background noise and he knows how many German "police" infil-traitors were involved in the looting and burning. Maas is a very dangerous NAZI bigot and all of this faux outrage is going to plan. Germany must be repressed and all dissent quashed before the Merkill consolidates power in the September "elections". Unlike the Clinton hag, the STASI hag is taking NO chances of losing the German tax cattle as the globalist horror show rolls on.


As for Altmaier offending I$I$ by comparing USSA'S favorite human organ eaters to Soros' Black Block long before Merkill apologizes to Israel and the Crypt of Saud for insulting their brave takfiri, salafist, wahhabi goats?

RTP's picture

Gestapo (Secret state police) is a very normal thing if a country is in a state of war. A war declared by Judea ,a state that does not exist but the chosen still claim its the country god has given it to them. Heiko Maas is rather blackmailed by the Globalists and the post holocau$t media. 

On march 15th 2016 when the Saudis bombed a market in Yemen with 97 dead civilians...the German ard, zdf state tv had the headline refugee camp in Germany attacked (broken glasses and a molotov cocktail which did not enflame. Second headline: antisemism is gorwing in Germany. Jewish boy attcked by other schoolboys. Not one word about the marked bombing.

Now, after Hamburg G20 they try to install more survaillance... but of course just to track the the neonazis, the Reichsbürger (German first nationalists)  

Joe A's picture

The riots dominated the news regarding the protests and one should wonder why. If they had wanted, they could have squashed this beforehand. All the protests are now looked upon in a negative way in order to make the G20 look good.

darteaus's picture

Now there's a Kraut who gets it!

They both want the destruction of the West.

eaglewing's picture

The only correct response is to warn them once to disperse and then shoot the fuckers.

whatisthat's picture

I would observe left wing extremists should be prosecuted and imprisoned for their violent crimes and misdemeanors..

slackrabbit's picture

Reading that article it's clear both sides refuse to commit to cleaning the left up.

What a bunch of boot lickers German leadership has become when they throw their own citizens under the bus.


Quinvarius's picture

Has he considered that they are many of the same people?

shutterbug's picture

Merkel is too stupid to realize anything... she only wants to "do good" but instead paves the way to Hell itself...

Left oriented are just as bad as Nazis were ... nothing new there ...

Rusty Trombone's picture

Fuck this shit.


Time for Hans to dust off the SS playbook.

Ace006's picture

Unfortunately, the commie street thugs made a quick transition to the SS.  Welcome, Comrades.  That's the way it went down.  Still, on the bright side, there was no more commie street thuggery.

silverer's picture

Stupid elitists don't even know what wing to prefer or work with among the general population. They just totally count out all the population. To them, it seems everyone from the left to the right, including the "undeclared" is a potential enemy to be controlled or vanquished.

The Count's picture

He must be the only one not in the loop knowing that Germany is a very left leaning country where only the right are harassed, have homes raided for no reason and are defamed by the press.

UndertheDRADIS's picture

So Germany is finally going to declare Antifa to be a terrorist organization? Yay!