Andreas Kalbitz: The constitution’s protection apparently confirms HDJ’s suspicions

Andreas Kalbitz remains at the center of constitutional protection. Apparently there are indications that the former AfD politician is actually a member of the “Heimattreue German Youth” association.

The buzz around politician Andreas Kalbitz, who was banned from the AfD, continues. Now the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) is said to have confirmed the existence of a list of members of the banned right-wing extremist “German youth loyal to their home”, “tagesschau.de” reports. Accordingly, “Andreas Kalbitz family” with membership number 1330 is listed in the document.

The former AfD Brandenburg state chairman was banned from the party by the AfD’s federal administration in May, claiming to have hidden his previous HDJ membership when he joined in 2013. Kalbitz, however, denies belonging to the association.

No doubt about listing

BfV chairman Thomas Haldenweg said in an interview with ARD magazine “Kontraste”: “We have known Mr. Kalbitz for many years from different backgrounds. In the past he was active in the far-right scene, including his activities in the HDJ.” There is no doubt that the mentioned family name is the AfD politician. The list could not be published for data protection reasons.

“Kontraste” has been reporting on Kalbitz’s connections to the HDJ since 2018. The 47-year-old is said to have attended a Pentecostal camp of the association in 2007. Kalbitz assured that he was just a guest at the time. According to ARD magazine, he also attended a camp in 1993 run by right-wing extremists of the HDJ.

Membership cancellation confirmed

After his expulsion from the AfD, Kalbitz took legal action – initially with success. Only last Saturday (August 22) did the party announce that the termination of membership in the main proceedings decided by the federal executive committee in May had been confirmed.

A few days earlier, Kalbitz had given up his position as chairman of the AfD parliamentary group in Brandenburg. This was preceded by a hospital stay for Dennis Hohloch, acting parliamentary leader of the Brandenburg AfD, who again caused unrest in the party: Andreas Kalbitz is said to have injured his colleague when he greeted them – deliberately or accidentally, is now determined by the public prosecutor.

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