Germany Declares Burning Flag a Hate Crime

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Germany Declares Burning EU Flag a Hate Crime Punishable by Three Years in Prison

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15 May 20201,033

Germany’s Bundestag has approved a new law imposing a prison sentence of up to three years for damaging or destroying a European Union flag, in an effort to curb “hate”.

The national parliament voted on Thursday to amend the criminal code to protect the European Union flag from being destroyed, damaged, or defaced. Punishments for contraventions of the law range from a fine or even a prison sentence of up to three years.

The vote follows months of debate on the law, and a previous session in parliament on protecting the EU flag from physical expressions of criticism in January. Reporting at the time, Germany’s Deutsche Welle noted strong controversy around the subject, with some members insisting the burning of flags is a legitimate form of political speech and to ban it would be a curb on freedom of expression.

Various parties opposed the proposal at the time, including Die Linke (The Left Party), and the populist-right Alternative fur Deutschland (Alternative for Germany, AfD) who insisted that as the European Union is not a state, it does not deserve to be protected as one. Fabian Jacobi of the AfD said the real purpose of the law was to make “citizens to think twice about whether they dared to publicly criticize the EU”, the report stated.

In the end, only the AfD voted against the ban, citing “excessive interference with freedom of expression”.


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I see that the EU is that bastion of liberalism that Soros always claimed it to be. He pushed for "more Europe" and less independent nations for decades. He is getting a Soviet system to crush his homeland of Hungary just as the original had. That marriage again of billionaires and socialism..

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Catchy poem about the Erdogan.  

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