How the AfD wants to stand out in the elections in Lower Saxony


WAfD candidate Stefan Marzischewski-Drewes in Hanover-Ricklingen. People smoke a lot in front of the district center. An elderly AfD supporter announces her “Monday Walks” against the Corona measures and recommends a video on PI-News, a proven right-wing extremist web portal according to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. “And then there are some really crazy people who think the federal government is the rightful boss,” complains the gentleman in the t-shirt. “These puppets!” Two members of the AfD Bundestag stand nearby and do not object.

Reinhard Binger

Political correspondent for Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Bremen, based in Hanover.

The top candidate for the upcoming state election on October 9 arrives and you walk into a concrete building. Several copies of the conspiracy myth magazine “Compact” are laid out on a table near the entrance. “Vaccine Dictatorship – Boosters to Death,” says one cover. Another issue is polemicized against the “blue ghost drivers” in the ranks of the AfD parliamentary group, who voted for the delivery of weapons to the “Ukrainian Nazis”.

“Stammtisch” begins, about 40 listeners have gathered. First, Omid Najafi, a candidate from the local list, introduces himself. The young man simply stood up at the party conference, gave a speech and quickly got a promising seat, says local AfD grandee Jörn König. “Work?” the listener calls out. “I trade on the stock exchange – privately,” Najafi replies.

Nord Stream 2 needs to be put into operation.

And then it’s top contender Marzischewski-Drewes’ turn. A 56-year-old doctor from Gifhorn talks about red tape in healthcare. “It’s now the end of December and they’ve had 49 hip surgeries. They should operate on 50 hips a year. What’s going to happen?” Marzischewski-Drewes asks, not sparing the audience an answer. “And yes, I also regularly go for a walk on Mondays,” explains the top contender to the biggest round of applause. But Marzischewski-Drewes is no crown denier. A radiologist working at a medical care center does not deny the existence of the virus or deaths from the coronavirus. “I’m not a conspiracy theorist. But there was too much coercion.

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Marzischewski-Drewes is calling for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to be put into operation this winter, but the top candidate would like to keep sanctions on “Putin and his entourage”. “Some in the AfD are too naive about Putin,” says Marzischewski-Drewes. “Without NATO’s protective shield, Putin would march on Berlin.”

With such, according to standards AfD Marzischewski-Drewes fits the current of the so-called bourgeois, which is resurfacing in the grueling power struggles in the association of states of Lower Saxony. Until 2018, the state association was headed by Armin-Pauli Hampelis, who is close to the “wing”, then by the moderate Dana Guth, who was replaced by Jens Kestner, who is close to the “wing” in the fall of 2020. Soon after, Guth and the other two…

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