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Source: CDU CSU
Brinkhaus on protests against corona policy – approval “incredibly high”
In the face of loud protests by a minority against corona protective measures, Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus defended the right to freedom of expression. In an interview with t-online, however, Brinkhaus also emphasized that volume alone cannot assert oneself. The argument counts. He pointed out that the population’s approval of the corona policy was “still incredibly high”.
The protests showed that democracy works, Brinkhaus told the t-online portal. “Citizens should be able to demonstrate even in times of pandemic – if they comply with the applicable hygiene rules.” Because democracy lives from the debate. However, he firmly rejected the allegation that politics deliberately restrict civil rights.
Avoid harm from people
Critics would have to recognize that politics in the Corona crisis was acting to avert health and economic damage to people, emphasized Brinkhaus. “You can find that right or wrong, but you mustn’t denounce it.” Incidentally, a look at neighboring countries helps: Not only does the pandemic take a worse course almost everywhere. Governments also responded with much tougher restrictions.
The large majority are behind the Corona policy, emphasized the chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group with reference to surveys. You hardly ever see such a great agreement on other topics. There are even people who are calling for further measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
Lessons from the pandemic
Brinkhaus again pushed for a more uniform and consistent line by the federal states. At the same time, he showed understanding that it was not easy to agree on a common approach in the 16 countries in view of the different concerns and different solutions. “Unfortunately, the federal government’s line that one must act early and decisively is not shared by everyone.” As a lesson from the pandemic, he formulated: “In the event of a disaster, we either need more federal authority or mechanisms to ensure that the countries act more uniformly. “
Clear line expected for Christmas and New Years Eve
Brinkhaus did not want to make a prediction of when the corona pandemic would be over and when the citizens could return to their old life. “It will be another tough few months,” he said. But he assumes that it will be better in spring. “Then the vaccinations should have started, we have more rapid tests – and can go outside more often in the fresh air.” so that people know what Christmas and New Year’s Eve is ”.
With discipline and creativity against the pandemic
Brinkhaus attributes the fact that Germany has come through the pandemic relatively well to the many committed citizens who adhere to rules in a disciplined manner, deal creatively with economic challenges, fight with a high level of personal commitment and still keep their families together. “We can really be very proud of a lot,” he emphasized.
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