Germany’s decision to take in members of the controversial group the White Helmets has sparked outrage among lawmakers, some of whom are now demanding to know why the government isn’t offering to take in Julian Assange or Tommy Robinson instead.
The ‘White Helmets” are a controversial group of propaganda filmmakers in Syria accused of being linked to radical Islamist groups.
Responding to German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announcing that they will be granting asylum to eight members of the White Helmets and their families, Alternative for Germany (AfD) MP Petr Bystron stated that he believes that they should be taking in Tommy Robinson instead of the radical Islamists.
“The connection between the White Helmets and Al Qaeda/Al Nusra is well documented. The White Helmets are notorious for producing Fake News and staged videos which German mainstream media then air, such as on the alleged chemical weapons attack in East Ghouta. Their friends in the German media are now making sure their radical Islamist allies in Syria get asylum in Germany, while a real political prisoner like Tommy Robinson rots in jail,” Bystron told The Gateway Pundit.
Bystron is the Speaker of the Alternative for Germany party (AfD) on the Foreign Policy Committee of the German Bundestag. He went to Germany in 1988 as a political refugee and joined the AfD in 2013. He was chair of the AfD for the State of Bavaria 2015-2018. He is currently one of the top ten most popular German politicians on social media.
Even the German Left Party has expressed outrage and concern, stating that they would prefer to see their nation take in WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
“The federal government must offer asylum to the journalist and founder of WikiLeaks whistleblowing platform, Julian Assange, instead of accepting members of the controversial White Helmets group from Syria,” Heike Hänsel, the Deputy Chairman of the German Left Party told RT.
Hansel, like her right-wing counterpart, also asserted that the group has ties to Islamic terrorists.
“It is completely contradictory that Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on the one hand wants to fight Islamist terror, but on the other hand wants to bring in these members of Islamist terrorist militias to Germany,” Hänsel added.
Assange has been at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for over six years after being granted asylum by the South American nation. However, his status at the embassy has been in jeopardy as Ecuador has come under increasing pressure from the US government.