There is a saying of those who shout “stop the thief” to distract from their own crime. One feels reminded of this when one hears Interior Minister Karl Nehammer saying on the ORF news program “Zeit im Bild”: “We all want our freedom back”. Who has robbed us of our freedom if not the ÖVP with ex-Chancellor Kurz and his hardliner Interior Minister Nehammer, who tirelessly denounced and criminalized opponents and had them harassed with special units?
Interior Minister Karl Nehammer showed what is also known as Chutzpe on November 30th:
“Cheekiness, presumptuousness, audacity, insolence” borrowed) is a mixture of purposeful, intelligent insolence, charming penetrance and irresistible audacity.
Definition by Chutzpe, Wikipedia
Although it was largely Nehammer and his ÖVP clique around Sebastian Kurz who took the Austrians’ fundamental rights and freedoms without need and without a democratic vote, the mumbling hardliner now stands up and complains that we all want our freedom again . Then should he just give them back to us?
We recommend everyone to study Nehammer’s facial expressions and body language and to draw their own conclusions from them. The fact that the Greens, of all people, support such a policy is particularly disgusting. ÖVP-Nehammer’s speech in the transcript:
The tongue is often sharper than the sword. This is not considered by many who are now trying to exploit the mood in party politics. Some people are afraid. Some people are angry. That’s why they want to take to the streets. The important thing is, as a political force, not to intensify this displeasure in such a way that it may lead to an escalation of violence. That under certain circumstances radical groups recognize a kind of mission to cause unrest and to hurt people. This is not an easy situation now that we all find ourselves in. All in all, we are all part of a society in Austria. We are one.
But if I strive with all my might to destroy this unity, to stir up fears and to use terminology that disentangles people as people, who only make politicians grimaces and no longer people who act to the best of their knowledge and belief, even if there are errors. Yes we are all human and humans make mistakes. When you recognize mistakes, the key is not to repeat them and to do better. All that we have now done in all of our activities over the past few months is the attempt to fight and contain a virus that is burdening us massively. All of us as a whole.
That is why I find it extremely worrying when in such a situation – unjustified criticism is exercised, protest is exercised, that is democracy – but I find it extremely worrying when terminology is used, a choice of words is used, violence insinuated. The violence, so to speak, in the room. The one of “oppression” speaks in a democratic constitutional state. Which speaks of the fact that means of coercion are used. Although we know that we live in a state where democracy is always pursued as a principle, rights and obligations are the basis of a democratic, free constitutional state for coexistence. They are not coercion and they are not oppression.
These are possibilities of a language that one consciously chooses in order to generate escalation. And that’s wrong. At a time like this, we need de-escalation and this advertising for understanding for one another and, at the same time, for the bigger picture. And that is: We all want our freedom back.
Hence the measures taken by the federal government, which are now being intensively discussed.
If the video below does not display correctly in your web browser, you can view directly on Facebook.