“I strongly condemn the symbols displayed by some students”
The interior minister must have imagined things differently: Nancy Fasser posed for a Twitter photo with schoolchildren involved in the Democratic program – some of the young people in the picture did not realize they were showing signs of right-wing extremism. Then the photo was deleted.
S.They call themselves “constitutional students”: a group of young people who are politically active and want to campaign for democracy. You describe yourself as: “Democracy is not the only thing that happens. It needs to be learned and practiced. Through our program ‘Constitution Students’ we strengthen democracy, encourage young people about political participation and go with them to their own civic engagement.
Union Home Minister Nancy Fasser (SPD) met the students and posed for photographs with them. The minister’s office posted the picture on Twitter on June 15. Fasser writes that constitutional students are close to his heart. “It is important for young people to be involved in socio-political affairs. But young people need to find a way to get involved. ” The project creates meetings and role models for the enjoyment of democracy.
Before the photo was released, no one in the last row noticed a wolf salute from a Turkish right-wing extremist. The hand sign with two outstretched fingers is a symbol of the wolf and has always been the greetings of fascists in Turkey. Gray wolves are responsible for many of the killings in Turkey.
Two more students show the widespread identity of “Rabia” among Islamists. The greeting came in 2013 when the Egyptian army broke the siege of the Islamic Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used the salute when addressing his supporters after a failed military coup in the summer of 2016.
Another young man in the photo with the minister points the finger, which is commonly seen among Salafists, including the “Islamic State.”
Meanwhile, Fasser and the Union Home Ministry reacted and removed the photo. “The symbols shown by some of the students in the picture are unacceptable and I strongly condemn this,” Fasser wrote on Twitter. We are in consultation with the project supporter.
“Yesterday 150 young people participated in this educational program and we honored them as ‘Constitution students’. Some have shown completely unacceptable gestures in the graduation photo. We strongly condemn it, ”the ministry wrote on Twitter.
He added: “In order to protect most of the young people in the photo, we have now removed the photo that behaved properly and we draw conclusions from it.
With the project sponsor and the concerned schools, the certificates issued to the gesturing youth should be withdrawn. “You have harmed all the other young people and this important educational program.”