The Connewitz district in Leipzig is considered to be the stronghold of left-wing extremists in the German state of Saxony, with serious riots routinely taking place there on a regular basis. Police officers are routinely attacked, while cars, cranes, and construction sites are deliberately set on fire. In 2020, the Saxon State Office of Criminal Investigation indicated that the area presented a terrorist threat.
Despite the almost routine violence in the area, what now came to light through a raid in Connewitz at the end of April is shaping up to be a serious scandal, with radical Antifa groups believed to have one or more informants in the city administration, Junge Freiheit reports.
“In fact, I can confirm that one of the accused, at whom we carried out a house search, is an employee of the city of Leipzig,” says police chief inspector Chris Graupner, one of the spokesmen for the Leipzig police department.
On April 28, police officers from Soko LinX of the Saxon State Office of Criminal Investigation and riot police searched the apartments of five suspects between the ages of 30 and 33 in Leipzig. The house search followed an investigation by the Leipzig public prosecutor’s office into the breach of the peace and dangerous bodily harm. During the house searches, the officers secured extensive evidence.
According to the public prosecutor, the five accused were involved in an attack on a passenger on an S-Bahn at Neukieritzsch station in September 2019.
“The fans of the soccer club BSG Chemie Leipzig are said to have attacked the supporters of 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig using pyrotechnics,” stated the police in a press release, adding that one person was injured.
The Alternative for Germany (AfD) city council group made a request on Tuesday, May 4, in the public part of the electronic council system.
“Unfortunately, the mayor moved our request to the non-public section for the next council meeting claiminig it is a personnel matter,” explained AfD parliamentary group leader Christian Kriegel to Junge Freiheit regarding why the request is no longer publicly available.
So what is in the explosive request of the AfD? It asks for an answer to six questions mainly about the employee of the city administration who has come into the focus of the investigators. The party wants to know whether the city administration was aware that he moved in apparently left-wing extremist circles, and it wants to find out in which offices in the city he has previously worked and what functions he was responsible for, whether he had access to sensitive data of citizens, and whether the man is suspended from duty for the duration of the investigation.
Furthermore, the AfD wants to know whether there are other employees in the city administration who could be part of the left-wing extremist scene.
Title image: Police secures the court in Duesseldorf, Germany, Thursday, April 29, 2021. Christoph Metzelder, the former defender of Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Schalke 04 stands trial on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)