German Climate Panel Discussion Incites Violence: Climate Leftist Suggests “Shooting The 1% Rich”!

At a strategy conference in Kassel last weekend, German leftist/environmentalist party Die Linke (The Leftists) discussed its plans for social change. Major German story here on this scandal.

The aim of the conference was to discuss how the leftist Die Linke could successfully intervene in fundamental social issues, “change the country for a social-ecological system change” and to protect the climate.

During a panel discussion, a Die Linke member woman in the front row, identified as Sandra L, took the floor. At the end of her ranting presentation, she felt it was important to emphasize that “a transition to renewable energies is also necessary after a revolution, and that after shooting the 1% rich people. we still want to heat.”

Some in attendance could be heard chuckling and applauding in response. But others could be heard murmuring in shock, and so Sandra L doubled down: “Well, it’s like this! We need to get off this meta-level.”

In attendance was also Die Linke leader Bernd Riexinger, who responded to the woman directly, saying: “I want to say,we don’t shoot them. We can use them for useful work!” For this he also received applause and laughter from the audience!

Just a misunderstanding, “taken out of context”

Soon the video of the incident was posted on Twitter and quickly went viral. German Twitter followers were aghast at the suggestion of shooting dead the 1% rich in the country. Before long the pressure mounted on party leader Riexinger to take back the comments, who shortly later claimed on Twitter that Sandra L’s comments were “completely taken out of context”.

“It was and is unacceptable. I regret that I did not immediately reject it unequivocally,” Riexinger commented.

“Abhor violence against people”

By evening, desperate to control the image damage to Die Linke, a party with about 10% of the vote in Germany, Sandra L was forced to tell the DPA German Press Agency: “I apologize for this statement, which I made in the excitement and thoughtlessness. It completely contradicts my political views, I abhor violence against people.”

“We need an active social and environmental energy policy. My statement did not serve this purpose,” she added.

Thuringia’s Minister President Bodo Ramelow (Die Linke) sharply denounced Sandra L’s comments on Twitter: “Anyone who wants to shoot people and rant about a revolution with or through violence has nothing in common with my set of values. The statement was unacceptable and should never have been passed over with a smile”.

It is unclear whether and which office Sandra L has in the extreme German Die Linke party.

German story/commentary here and here.

13 responses to “German Climate Panel Discussion Incites Violence: Climate Leftist Suggests “Shooting The 113 Rich”!”

  1. John F. Hultquist

    First they came for the 1% – – an so on.

    [When they get to Sandra L’s level, what will she say?]

  2. RoHa

    Shoot them and then eat them. But nothing to do with the climate.

  3. drumphish

    First they came for the old fools who made a mess of it all, but I wasn’t one of the old fools, so I didn’t speak up.

    Then they came for the one percent, but I wasn’t one of those one percenters, I don’t want to get shot, so I didn’t speak up.

    Then they came for deniers, who else are they coming for? Bueller?

    Everybody, you’re surrounded. They’re coming to take everybody away.

    To the Funny Farm, where they are, wherever that is.

    The lunatics are in charge of the asylum.

  4. MGJ

    Socialism requires that those who disagree are murdered. On the path towards Socialism there is a point at which its adherents feel comfortable openly demanding mass murder and we have now reached that point.

    Whether this particular case was an ‘unfortunate slip’ or not, merely moves us a small distance forwards or backwards along this trajectory.

  5. bonbon

    It would be better for Marxists, who after all wrote in London, attend the greatest English Poet.
    Poetry, you might ask? Of course, they are the true legislators.

    Percy Shelley’s Masque of Anarchy :
    Last stanza :
    Rise, like lions after slumber
    In unvanquishable number!
    Shake your chains to earth, like dew
    Which in sleep had fallen on you:
    Ye are many—they are few!
    How dangerous it is not to have a classical education when a political crisis erupts, as now in Thüringen should be clear.

    Gandhi often quoted this poem to vast audiences in India, and look what he peacefully achieved!

  6. Hermar

    Seeing as the 1% (rich banksters, investors and greenwashing companies) are financing FFF (=666!) and are controling the media and the politicians, this would be a shot into her own foot.

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  8. Gus

    Fascism can come from the Left as much as from the Right. As Madeleine Albright pointed out, fascism is a method, not an ideology. What we’re seeing here is pure fascism. I’m sure we all find it stunning that it would be still so much alive in Germany 75 years after the fall of the 3rd Reich and 30 years after the fall of DDR. What gives?

    1. bonbon

      Mm Halfbright?
      See May 17, 1997New York Times,in an article entitled “Winning Friends for Foreign Policy: Albright’s First 100 Days,” she reached out to her mentor, British asset Brzezinski, whose latest book,The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, advocates the breakup of Russia into several micro-states, to enable Western cartels to loot the remains of its strategic raw materials wealth. Brzezinski’s current employer is British Petroleum, the crown jewel of Her Majesty’s oil empire.
      I see she knows directly of what she speak, what?
      Even if she and Sir Henry Kissinger seem to have “mellowed” on China.

  9. Curious George

    They are proud of their Nazionalsozialistische roots.

  10. Ken

    First there is 1% of everyone

    Then there is 1% of everyone else.


    Oh the carnage!

    Eventually socialism reaches its natural conclusion where it only works until it runs out of other people’s money; no enough people to make 1% worth killing.

    BTW … there are 7 billion people of which 1 billion don’t have access to electricity. If you live in Germany, you are by definition among the 1%.

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  12. Carbonicus

    Dear EcoLeftists – I advise against this approach in the U.S.

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