Germany's domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) has classified the Junge Alternative (JA), which is the AfD party's youth organization, as a "certain right-wing extremist endeavor."
The classification comes as the AfD party has seen a recent increase in popularity and opens up the organization for heightened monitoring and enforcement action against the JA.
In 2019, the BfV listed the JA organization as a "suspected case" and now its new classification allows the agency to use all tools and resources to monitor the group. The means by which the BfV can essentially spy on the JA is through confidential informants, cover observation, and telephone taps.
According to the BfV, its justification for the increased monitoring is because the organization allegedly does not have a view that is compatible with Germany's constitution, also called the Basic Law.
On Wednesday, the BfV released a press statement saying, "The JA's understanding of the people, which is clearly evident in its statements and pronouncements, contradicts the understanding of the people expressed in the Basic Law and is capable of excluding members of supposedly other ethnic groups and devaluing German citizens with a migration background as second-class Germans."
"In particular, immigrants with a (supposed) Muslim background are attributed negative characteristics in a sweeping manner, such as cultural backwardness and a disproportionately strong tendency to crime and violence, simply because of their origin and religion," the BfV added.
While there is ambiguity regarding what specific comments the BfV is referencing, it has been reported in the mainstream media for a long time that immigrants, particularly those from Africa and the Middle East, have extremely high crime rates. Those rates include serious crimes such as murder, robbery, rape, and assault. German officials have also noted that these populations have been responsible for the drastic increase in child marriages and female genital mutilation. In other categories of crime, such as anti-Semitism, the main populations involved were all from the Middle East.
According to Zerohedge, the BfV has also accused the AfD of consistently being anti-democratic. The agency has claimed that JA members denigrate "political opponents, but also the state and its representatives per see." The BfV sees this as the JA not being concerned about democratic discourse, "but with a general disparagement of the democratic system of the Federal Republic of Germany."
However, according to government data, the AfD is the most attacked party in the country. Both the left and center-right political opposition have called for the AfD party to be banned completely, while the party's members have been subject to numerous arson attacks as well. The AfD has also been banned from Germany's publically funded political talk shows on the ARD and ZDE, which are both required to air a plurality of political views that reflect the German public due to their funding status.
Meanwhile, the JA essentially dismissed the BfV's classification of the organization saying, "The classification of the so-called constitutional protection does not surprise us."
"Regardless of whether they are critics of migration, critics of coronavirus measures or advocates of peace -- every form of authentic opposition in this country is systematically stigmatized by this authority," said the board of the JA. As a result of the new classification, the JA is looking into taking possible legal action.
A joint statement was also released by AfD leaders Alice Weidel and Tino Chrupalla that said, "We currently have neither a justification nor relevant documents that make the step comprehensible."
While the AfD is facing many legal cases that could lead the party to be designated as a "right-wing extremist" organization by the BfV in the future. The AfD believes that the move to label the JA was done to strengthen the BfV's case against the larger party. Should the AfD receive the "right-wing extremist" designation, it could lead to it being banned in Germany.
There is also suspicion among the party that the agency is using the new designation for the JA as a means to influence legal disputes with the AfD party.
Some in Germany are very happy with the new classification for the JA, including the Federal Interior Minister, Nancy, Faeser (SPD), who is known for publishing in Antifa Magazine. On Wednesday, Faeser said, "We are a strong and resilient democracy. We are very resolute in defending ourselves against racism and other forms of inhumanity."
"We are doing everything we can to dry up the breeding ground for right-wing extremist violence," Faeser concluded.
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