Green youth spokeswoman Sarah-Lee Heinrich regrets tweet from teenage years

Dhe newly elected federal spokeswoman for the Green Youth, Sarah-Lee Heinrich, regretted a tweet published years ago on the account of the youth at the time. “I just became aware of a tweet in which my account commented ‘Heil’ under a tweet with a swastika in 2015,” wrote 20-year-old Heinrich on Twitter on Sunday. You can’t remember ever posting such a tweet – but that doesn’t make it any better. “That was extremely stupid and inappropriate.”

Heinrich emphasized that she was part of an anti-fascist youth organization. “This tweet in no way reflects my position (sic). I’m really sorry that I ever posted such a tweet. ”The tweet has since been deleted.

New duo Heinrich-Dzienus

Sarah-Lee Heinrich and Timon Dzienus were elected as the new federal spokesmen for the Green Youth on Saturday. The social science student Heinrich received 93.84 percent of the votes at the federal congress of the youth organization in Erfurt.

Even before she commented on the “Heil” tweet, Heinrich complained on Twitter that since her election rights had been trying to raise shitstorms against her. “I guess they are jittery about a black, left-wing woman.” There were screenshots of old tweets from her, “some of which are vulgar or offensive”.


New speakers for the Green Youth: Sarah-Lee Heinrich and Timon Dzienus
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“What is deliberately removed from the screenshots of tweets: They are from 2014/2015,” she criticized. “I was 13/14 years old then.” She demanded: “Measure me and like to criticize my positions and my political work. I am not going to explain myself to everything that I once thought and said when I was 14, I do not ask anyone to do that ”.

Reaction from the Greens parliamentary group leader Göring-Eckardt

In her application speech in Erfurt, Heinrich focused on social issues. “Many people are afraid that climate protection means that they will be worse off. I can understand that, because they too know how holey our welfare state is and that as soon as they become unemployed they are no longer worth anything in this society. ”She criticized a lack of training places, poorly paid part-time jobs for students and discrimination against people Migration history.

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Green parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt wrote to Heinrich’s address on Sunday: “We all make mistakes. You stand by it and apologize. Thanks for that. But also thank you for clearly saying what is, exclusion through poverty, through ignorance, through racism or indifference. “

The Green Youth is close to the left wing of the party and has more than 18,000 members. Of the 118 Green MPs in the newly elected Bundestag, 27 started as representatives of the youth organization.

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