The entry period for the referendum begins tomorrow, October 14th “Parliament recalled” in Bavaria. You can sign up to October 27th – and the CSU already seems to be more than uncomfortable.
A comment by Vanessa Renner
That comes from a inflammatory Leaflet which is evidently disseminated by the CSU state management and not only in that clearly to boycott the popular initiative, but also to denounce its supporters. The referendum comes mainly from “lateral thinkers” groups, “who have already attracted attention through racist, seditious and anti-Semitic attacks,” it says. The purpose of the referendum is to “throw the sanctuary into disorder”, it is claimed. Verbatim is asked:
Under no circumstances should you apply for or support the referendum. If you know people who intend to sign, inform them about the real background of the referendum and the organizers behind it.
The state management of the CSU asks for a message “if the referendum is advertised on site or if there are actions”:
CSU proves its own democracy deficit
In fact, the CSU is sadly confirming what the initiators of the referendum have criticized. They want to put an end to the escalating vaccination pressure on the Bavarian population – and beyond Fight the democracy deficit that became apparent during the Corona crisis:
The referendum is to be established as the strongest instrument of direct democracy in the Free State of Bavaria. The aim is to put the population in a position to exert influence over the government at any time.
Everything the CSU has to oppose this are empty words. So it says in the leaflet:
There is no democratic deficit in Bavaria: The highest voter turnout in Bavaria in the federal elections (80%) shows that democratic participation works. The pre-emptive criticism that Bavaria needs more direct democracy is invalidated by the desire itself. A country in which even the state parliament can be recalled by the people evidently has no deficit in participatory elements.
In truth, these words are invalidated by the leaflet itself: If the CSU did not know exactly that many citizens perceive a democracy deficit in Bavaria – would the party then have to beg at all for the referendum not to be signed? Isn’t such an open call for denunciation, as can be read in the leaflet, incompatible with a healthy democracy? Is the criminalization of the initiators of the popular initiative, who are frankly accused of racism, sedition and anti-Semitism, even remotely worthy of a democracy?
From October 14th to 27th, the citizens of Bavaria have the opportunity to send a clear message: That is how long you can register in the lists provided in the municipalities. After the registration of one million signatories with voting rights and a positive referendum, the state parliament would be recalled. All MPs including Prime Minister Markus Söder then lose their mandates and posts.