Germany’s domestic security agency has warned that protesters may end up advancing Moscow’s agenda
Germans protesting over issues such as surging energy prices may be exploited by extremists, conspiracy theorists, and activists seeking to delegitimize the government, Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the BfV, has warned. The protesters may even be unwittingly doing Russia’s bidding, the agency claimed.
A chilling warning was sent last week. “legitimate protests [in Germany] are being hijacked by enemies of democracy for their own purposes.”
“So far there have been no signs of widespread anti-state protests or violent mass riots,”Thomas Haldenwang (head of the BfV), acknowledged that there are many issues. The agency will continue to monitor red flags.
“We are closely monitoring whether the agitation on the internet is reflected in a mobilization for activities relevant to the protection of the constitution in the real world,”He said.
It claimed that “right-wing extremists”We were trying to attribute “the economic effects of the Russian war of aggression”Ukraine “alleged incompetence of the democratic parties.”
The statement stated that such people have linked Europe’s rising energy costs to globalization.
Germany saw energy prices rise after Russia’s operation in Ukraine. This was done by the EU, which sought to isolate European economies and Russian commodities. China and India have increased imports of Russian crude oil, coal, and natural gases, while some are being resold to Western countries at premium prices.
German “extremists” who see a connection between the globalized world and European economic troubles aim to “exploit” the growing discontent of ordinary citizens “to undermine trust in the state, government and democracy in the long term,”According to the BfV.
Russia was fueling the public discontent, according to the agency. “Russian actors”You can use “targeted dissemination of false information”Information about urgent issues like energy prices or food insecurity.
The BfV didn’t offer any examples of such activities in the statement, but Haldenwang assured that Russia was determined “to divide the society in Germany.”
In the meantime, “the left-wing extremist scene”Security agency noted a growing anti-military sentiment, and criticism of defence contractors.