Speech on Germany's new coronavirus law

 ... by AfD chairman Alexander Gauland, English subtitles

Notes with timestamps:

0:01 This speech took place on Wednesday 18th November.

The law in question (the IfSG) was passed 413 to 235, with 8 abstentions.

The CDU-CSU and the SPD (the government coalition parties) and the Greens voted in favour.

The AfD, the FDP and Die Linke voted against (a small number of CDU-CSU, SPD and Green members also voted against).

As you can tell from Gauland's speech, some people are opposed to the IfSG becasue they believe it infringes fundamental rights and grants the government too much power.

AfD politicians have compared it to the Enabling Act of 1933, which granted Hitler sweeping (and ostensibly temporary) powers after the Reichstag fire https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enablin...

0:58 when members of the Bundestag are thrown to the ground: this is a reference to Karsten Hilse (AfD) being stopped by police during the protest against this law (the protest was outside the Bundestag on the same day as this speech).

Hilse was stopped because he wasn't wearing a mask.

Hilse has a doctor's certificate excusing him from wearing a mask, but he says the police rejected it, saying his illness was not serious enough.

They then wanted to take him to their van to take his details.

Hilse says at this point they pinned him to the ground because he wasn't acting fast enough. Hilse says he was cooperating.

The police say he was being uncooperative, was asking a companion to film the incident, and was resisting.

You can see a video of the incident here https://twitter.com/AfDProtschka/stat... 1:22 Süddeutsche Zeitung: "the South German Newspaper", published in Munich, Bavaria, one of the major quality newspapers in Germany (it is read nationwide). It is centre-left in outlook. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%BC...

2:37 today also outside the Bundestag: there was a big protest against this law outside the Bundestag on the same day as this speech was made.

3:50 FAZ: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, another of Germany's major daily newspapers. It is centre-right in outlook. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfu...

4:18 expert statement: the jurist who made this statement later corrected Gauland, saying her comments were made the previous week, and that the draft law had since been improved. (in German) https://twitter.com/andkiessling/stat...

5:28 "an epidemic of national concern": this is legal term contained in the IfSG law. It is defined as a situation where (1) the WHO has declared an international pandemic and Germany is threatened with a contagious disease or (2) Germany is facing the threat of a contagious disease spreading across several (German) states

5:37 Herr Drosten: Christian Drosten, Germany's best known virologist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christi... 5:48 Herr Streek: Hendrik Streeck, professor of virology at the University of Bonn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hendrik...

7:31 faits accomplis: things which have already been completed, and can now not be undone / changed.

7:40 Herr Buschmann: Marco Buschmann (FDP) who spoke shortly before Gauland. The FDP are also opposed to the law: Buschmann was talking about a point or order the AfD had introduced (to postpone the vote on the law so the law could be sent back to committee, allowing further time to study and amend it), he was not defending the law itself.

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