Shots at Karamba Diaby (SPD) office – “Don’t be intimidated”
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The SPD politician Karamba Diaby’s office in Halle has been shot at. Employees discovered several bullet holes in the target on Wednesday morning. Diaby does not want to be intimidated by this.
DThe citizens’ office of the SPD member of the Bundestag Karamba Diaby in Halle has been attacked. An employee discovered five bullet holes in a window on Wednesday morning, the office said. You have informed the police, meanwhile police and state security. The attack was apparently carried out at night. Nobody got hurt.
“I condemn any kind of violence,” Diaby told WELT. “This is not a means of dealing with society.” He had set up his citizens’ office in the middle of the city center as a place for dialogue. “If people have a different view, they can come to me and talk to me,” Diaby continued. “This act contradicts my idea of democratic debate.”
He doesn’t know who is behind the attack, Diaby said, referring to the police investigation. The politician from Senegal has been the victim of racial hostility in the past. He was insulted on Facebook and received death threats.
For several years, he has noticed that the exchange of views on social networks is increasingly determined by hatred and agitation. Diaby sees one reason for this in a changing debate culture in the parliaments. “I think it should not be neglected that the debates in both the Bundestag and the Landtag are becoming more aggressive and derogatory. That this is normal is the breeding ground for people to take up arms. ”People who cited the AfD would spread hatred, even in emails like him.
Diaby emphasizes that he will continue his work. “I’m not going to be intimidated,” he told WELT. The vast majority of people in Halle and the surrounding area are open and show solidarity.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas reacted indignantly to the attack. “Simply incredible. Disgusting and cowardly. Full support, also for the entire team, ”wrote the SPD politician on twitter, “We will continue to stand by your side for a free, tolerant and diverse democracy. Now more than ever! “
“I am honestly shocked at the means cowardly criminals use to intimidate dissenters,” wrote SPD leader Saskia Esken on Twitter. “I am with my thoughts with you and your team”.
Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) said he condemned all forms of violence and attacks on officials. CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak wrote on Twitter: “I condemn the attack on my colleague @KarambaDiaby’s office. The full solidarity of the CDU applies to him. Attacks against MPs are always an attack on democracy. ”
In the past few weeks there have been repeated attacks and threats of violence by right-wing extremists against politicians.
In 2013 Diaby was elected to the SPD in the Bundestag. He was the first African-born black man in parliament – in 1961 in Marsassoum in Senegal. He came to Germany in his mid-twenties, according to his own information. A scholarship helped him to study in Halle. The father of three children is a chemist and a doctorate in geoecology. Until 2015, Diaby was also a city councilor in Halle.