Erik Lierenfeld, the mayor of the German town of Dormagen in North Rhine-Westphalia, is asking for help from the children in his municipality.
He wants them to rat out anyone who doesn’t think masks are useful or effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
He recorded the following public service announcement to encourage schoolchildren to snitch.
The Mayor of Dormagen Calls on Students to Denounce “Corona Liars”
Erik Lierenfeld, the mayor of Dormagen (SPD [Socialists]) has published a video in which he talks to the youngest members of his community. They are warned that they may be approached by evil people. They should dial 110 when that happens.
It sounds like it’s about kidnappers or sex offenders who drew attention in the community. But that’s not what this is about. According to Lierenfeld’s view, there are more dangerous things that necessitate dialing the emergency service: people who question the effectiveness of masks.
Lierenfeld: “Hello, dear students. This is your mayor, Erik Lierenfeld, with an important message: Wearing a mask is clever! By doing that you protect yourselves and others. Since there are people you will meet that will say you won’t have to wear it, that’s complete nonsense, so please keep an eye out for people like that, call the police at 1 1 0, call the public order office, 2 5 7 5 5 5, and the public order office will also be on the streets. Don’t let these corona liars and other crazies tell you stories. Please take care of yourselves, stay healthy and remain solidly united.”
Skepticism is not allowed in these lands anymore, opines Lierenfeld. One should listen to the politicians, such as himself, for example, and do what he says. Everything else is — criminal.
There have been two other occasions in the not so distant past that featured these types of sentiments, in Germany. They both led to the point that “criminals” were jailed, harassed, tormented and tortured, and even murdered. Right-wing fascism as well as left-wing fascism. Do people like Lierenfeld not understand this? Criticism is not “evil” or even “criminal”. The right to criticize is not just a right in a democratic state; it is an advantage, a benefit for our political system. Criticism is what makes it possible for wrong decisions to be questioned and even corrected.
For instance on Monday, the labor welfare association (AWO Arbeiterwohlfahrt) published a warning about ineffective masks. Should all students in Dormagen now dial 1 1 0 and the police and sic the rabid public order office on the AWO? Just as Lierenfeld demands of students?
The mayor allegedly received “death threats” for his call to denounce. That shouldn’t happen, not even against freedom-hostile fantasists. If Lierenfeld had any kind of courage, he would present his crude beliefs here on PI-NEWS, and then hang around long enough to engage in discussion. But based on past experience, all those to whom we offer this possibility get cold feet. The ability to deliver valid arguments for their beliefs is obviously not their strong suit.