Heiko Maas is the Federal Justice Minister in the German government and a member of the SPD (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands, the Social-Democrat Party). In the following brief clip from a press conference he chides PEGIDA (Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) for exploiting the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
Notice the ease with which he conflates both PEGIDA and the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland Alternative for Germany, the anti-euro party) with the NPD (Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands, German National Democratic Party, the neo-Nazis) .
|00:00||The manner in which PEGIDA, the AfD and|
|00:04||NPD attempt to use this attack|
|00:08||for their own purposes is revolting,|
|00:12||for whoever now puts Muslims under general suspicion|
|00:16||wants to divide society and incite hatred.
For links to previous articles about PEGIDA (Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) and related movements, see the PEGIDA Archives.