The AfD is taking legal action against the obligation to wear masks in parliament and has President Schäuble warned. It also announces that next week all party members without masks will participate in the Bundestag sessions.
The AfD in the Bundestag is taking legal action against the obligation to wear masks in parliament imposed by Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU). The parliamentary group sent Schäuble a warning letter through its lawyer demanding that the regulation be lifted by Friday. The general ruling was illegal because it violated the right of the members of parliament to exercise their free mandate, according to the statement that was available to the news agency AFP on Wednesday.
A mask obligation in the Bundestag must be regulated by a formal law, the statement continued. At the beginning of October, Schäuble had admonished Franziska Gminder, a member of the AfD, because she had not worn a mask contrary to his instructions in the plenary hall of the Bundestag.
In the statement, the AfD members of parliament announced that they would take part in the Bundestag sessions next week without covering their mouths or noses. Upon request, the Bundestag confirmed the receipt of the warning. A spokeswoman explained that it would be checked by the legal department.