(MENAFN) According to a regional director of the nation's domestic security agency, Germany could experience widespread unrest this autumn and protests over the energy crisis could be taken over by extremists.
Germany must be ready for the possibility that "legitimate" protests regarding the energy and economic crises could be "infiltrated by extremists," according to Stephan Kramer, head of the BfV in the state of Thuringia.
On Wednesday, he told the ZDF broadcaster that protests could be anticipated in response to “gas shortages, energy problems, supply difficulties, possible recession, unemployment, but also the growing poverty right up to the middle class.”
The so-called "lateral thinkers" who protested against coronavirus restrictions during the pandemic and right-wing activists who have been inciting the mood on social media recently are two "extremists" who could take over the demonstrations, according to Kramer.
If such scenarios materialize, “we’re likely to be confronted with mass protests and riots,” the official cautioned.
As a result of Covid-19 and the economic crisis from EU bans on Russia over the war in Ukraine, “we’re dealing with a highly emotionalized, aggressive, future-pessimistic mood in society, whose trust in the state, its institutions and political actors is fraught with massive doubts,” he elaborated.
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