Minister to file anti-vaxxer “hanging” complaint

Justice Minister Sam Tanson

Photo credit: Gerry Huberty

(This article has been updated with a comment from the prosecution in the third paragraph)

Justice Minister Sam Tanson plans to file a complaint against a prominent anti-vaxxer for a Tweet in which he compared Luxembourg’s push for Covid-19 vaccines to Nazi medical experiments and appeared to endorse the hanging as punishment for politicians.

Journalist Jean-Marie Jacoby took to Twitter to say that “death by hanging would have been the sanction of US military judges in Nuremberg in 1947 for Bettel and Tanson if they really wanted to force people into a medical trial 3rd phase clinic… UPS “.

Tanson plans to press charges against Jacoby, and she and Prime Minister Xavier Bettel have already referred the Tweet to the country’s prosecution, public broadcaster 100.7 reported on Tuesday. The Luxembourg public prosecutor’s office had not received the complaint by midday on Tuesday, a spokesperson said.

Luxembourg recently tightened the screws on the unvaccinated, but so far there is no vaccine mandate in place. However, Bettel in parliament said the government was considering a potential term.

The Tweet refers to the ethical principles of the Nuremberg Code drawn up in 1947 following the Nazi medical experiments. Most experts agree that the Code is unrelated to vaccination mandates because Covid-19 vaccines are licensed and tested.

“The Nuremberg Code does not affect vaccine mandate issues,” said Arthur L. Caplan, Mitty professor of bioethics at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Reuters earlier this month.

Jacoby, journalist accredited to the Press Council in Luxembourg who writes for the Communist Party race Zeitung vum Lëtzebuerger Vollek, has repeatedly compared health measures and vaccine policies to fascism and Nazism on social media.

He has also been a prominent speaker at protests against vaccination and anti-Covid measures in Luxembourg, some of which have grown noisy and have led to arrests.

Comparisons to World War II, Nazism and the Holocaust have been a recurring theme in Luxembourg protests, drawing condemnation from various politicians and organizations for relativizing Nazism and the systematic murder of Jews.

Over a week ago, police discovered a large amount of explosives and other weapons and ammunition in eastern Luxembourg following an investigation following anti-Covid protests.

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