The AfD is now also being observed in Bavaria as a whole party by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. The State Office for the Protection of the Constitution has taken up the observation of the AfD, said a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior. The "Münchner Merkur" and the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" had previously reported on it.
"This serves to clarify the extent to which there are efforts in the AfD as a whole party that are trying to impair or eliminate the core of the Basic Law," said the spokesman. However, the members of the AfD parliamentary group are not under observation. Because the requirements developed by the Federal Constitutional Court for the observation of MPs have not yet been met. The Bavarian AfD announced that it would take legal action.
"AfD not yet classified as proven extremist"
Now the Bavarian AfD is also monitored as a party as a whole. A spokesman for the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution explained that if there were "sufficiently weighty factual indications of extremist endeavors," the state office would have "basically all intelligence means available by law" as permitted by a Federal Constitutional Court decision and the Bavarian Constitutional Protection Act . However, he qualified: "In the context of proportionality, it must be taken into account that the AfD has not yet been classified as proven extremist." This means that not all measures are automatically permitted.
The AfD announced that the state board was well prepared for this case and had been in contact with its lawyers since the beginning of the year. "This is clearly a politically motivated observation," said state chairman Stephan Protschka. The CSU is trying "to use the protection of the constitution as a kind of domestic secret service against us". Together with the lawyers, the report by the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution will be studied closely "and legal action will be taken against it," Protschka announced immediately. The CSU will not succeed in "silencing" the AfD.