Rhein-Erft-Kreis: District Administrator Rock condemns AfD statements

As previously announced in a conversation with this newspaper, Frank Rock found clear words about the attitude of AfD MP Eugen Schmidt in relation to the Ukraine war. District Administrator Rock (CDU) said yesterday afternoon at the district council meeting in the Medio in Bergheim that he treats everyone with respect and acceptance – even if they have different opinions, views, attitudes or world views.

Demonstrably false claims

However, he finds this difficult with people “who make anti-democratic and demonstrably false claims. This also applies to a member of the district council here in the Rhein-Erft district, who has repeatedly portrayed the Federal Republic of Germany as an unjust state in the Russian media and disapproved of our democracy,” he explained.

Schmidt is quoted as saying on the website of a Russian radio station: “There is no democracy in Germany. This means that a unified opinion is being imposed, by the ruling elite, and all other political opinions are being suppressed by all possible means – on the Internet, in the media, including physical assaults on those who think differently.”

Expressions of dissatisfaction in the district council

When Frank Rock read this passage, members of the district council responded with expressions of displeasure. AfD politician Schmidt was not in the room at the time. He only appeared at a later point in time during the district administrator’s speech.

AfD member of the Bundestag Eugen Schmidt

A few years ago, the 46-year-old, along with other AfD politicians, accepted an invitation from Vladimir Putin to Crimea after Russia annexed that part of Ukraine.

Terrified and frightened

Rock said in his speech at the beginning of the session that he seriously wonders “how one can make such statements as a democratically elected member of several parliaments. There can hardly be a more obvious contradiction!” He was shocked and horrified at the same time and condemned such statements in the strongest possible terms. Such representations would play down the war of aggression waged by Putin and “misjudge the murderous acts and trivialize the loss of thousands of innocent lives,” said the CDU politician.

Schmidt made a personal statement later in the session. His statements in the Russian media were “wrongly translated and taken out of context”, he had only pointed to democratic deficits in Germany. And: “Of course, what is happening in Ukraine is a war of aggression by Russia that violates international law.”


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