Officials and Scientists in Germany Receive Death Threats

German politicians and scientists who expressed support for pandemic restrictions have been targeted with death threats on social media.

German parliament member and epidemiologist Karl Lauterbach has recently posted hateful messages directed towards him in the comment sections of social media platforms.

“Hang him from a tree, once and for all,” “How is he still not locked up?” said the commenters.

For Lauterbach, the worst message sent to him was “Isn’t there anyone here who would be ready for the one with a baseball bat straighten your teeth? ”

“The hatred that is raining down on me at the moment dwarfs everything that I have experienced so far. This is a new dimension of verbal brutality, a new language that really upsets me,” said Lauterbach.

Lauterbach said the attacks against him are clearly related to the strict pandemic restrictions implemented amid an incoming third wave.

Lauterbach has been also sent a vial containing a positive COVID-19 result during the onset of the lockdowns.

Christoph Hebbeckerm, from the Central Cybercrime Office in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia said that the verbal attacks online have become more common since the lockdown.

Virologist Melanie Brinkmann, one of the scientists who advised Chancellor Angela Merkel on the pandemic response and Gerald Haug, head of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, both claimed that they too have been targeted by online hate speech.

Most of the hate speech victims attributed the attacks to the Querdenker movement which are allegedly composed of pandemic deniers and COVID-19 skeptics.

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