Parties: Höcke remains Thuringian AfD boss

AfD right-wing extremist Björn Höcke has been re-elected as chairman of the Thuringian AfD state association.

Parties: Höcke remains Thuringian AfD boss

AfD right-wing extremist Björn Höcke has been re-elected as chairman of the Thuringian AfD state association. The 50-year-old received 89.7 percent of the votes cast at a state party conference on Saturday in Pfiffelbach. Höcke announced that he wanted to run as a top candidate in the state elections in 2024. "I want to lead you to the state elections in 2024 as the top candidate," he called out to around 250 Thuringian AfD members. "I want us to hunt down the establishment." They want to ask the question of power in 2024.

A new state parliament will be elected in Thuringia in 2024. Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) announced on Friday that he wanted to run again. In the most recent Insa survey from September, the AfD was the strongest force at 26 percent, ahead of the left, which came in at 23 percent. In the 2019 state election, the AfD received the second-best result with 23.4 percent. After several resignations, the AfD faction only has the third largest faction in the state parliament in Erfurt.

Höcke sharply attacked Ramelow in his speech and described him as "self-absorbed" and "power intoxicated". Addressing Ramelow, Höcke said: "If you dare to run again as the top candidate of the left, you will be completely defeated after the 2024 state elections". The AfD Thuringia will give "this worn-out prime minister" a "political Waterloo," Höcke exclaimed, earning thunderous applause.

Certainly extremist

The Thuringian AfD is classified by the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution as a secured extremist effort. The President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Thomas Haldenwang, described Höcke as a right-wing extremist. In Pfiffelbach, Stefan Möller was confirmed in office as the second state spokesman for the state association. Torben Braga and René Aust were elected as deputies.

In a speech, Höcke railed against the corona, refugee and crisis policies and declared: "Germany is not sovereign." Regarding the corona pandemic, he said that the fight for freedom in this, in his words, "plandemic" would not be given up "until those who owe and are responsible for millions of vaccination victims, until those are brought to justice".

He described his party as the "parliamentary arm of the popular opposition" against "warmongering". Höcke again called for an end to sanctions imposed on Russia for attacking Ukraine. "We still say yes to Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2," Höcke called out to the AfD members.

He also recommended a book that states that the "Russian-Ukrainian war is ultimately just a proxy war that was initiated by the US secret service years ago and planned and created years ago," as Höcke said in his speech. "I fear that the US government wants to fight to the last Ukrainian."

Höcke praised the policies of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. "He is a role model, he is perhaps one of the last statesmen in Europe," he said. He likes to travel to Hungary to breathe freely. In Hungary you can express your opinion freely. Orban is seen by many in the EU as a right-wing troublemaker. He is repeatedly accused of violations of the rule of law.