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Levenslang voor moordenaar van Walter Lübcke. Elmar Brok waarschuwde voor 'het gevaar dat haat normaal wordt'

De moordenaar van CDU-politicus Walter Lübcke, Stephan Ernst, is veroordeeld tot levenslang. In Betrouwbare Bronnen 42 vertelde Elmar Brok (die bijna 40 jaar een hoofdrol speelde in het Europees Parlement) over zijn partijgenoot uit Hessen.

Brok trad in mei 2019, kort voor de moord, nog bij hem op in zijn kiesdistrict. “He was very convinced about the policies on migration. This brought him the hate of right-wing people. If hatred becomes a normal thing for certain people, then it becomes practice. This is the danger for every democracy.”

De neonazi-moordaanslag op deze katholiek-sociale regio-politicus raakte Elmar Brok diep. Hij vertelde hoe hij zelf met zulk terrorisme geconfronteerd werd als jong politicus. “In the time of the RAF I had personal threats already. They wanted to kidnap my children. I never said that publicly. It's most clever not to say this. Nowadays with the new media, in shitstorms people can be totally destroyed. We are in a dangerous situation, but we cannot get rid of an invention like social media. Here I have some problems, I have no answer.”

“Would good people go into politics? Will you take the risk to say certain things? It's a real danger. I'm very, very much afraid that people are hesitating to go into politics. They say: ‘don't do it, look after your children!’ This development is very dangerous. Democracy can implode, very fast. That should be a lesson. If you want to have freedom and democracy, you have to defend it."