The federal states of Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia want to criminalize the public use of the letter ‘Z’.
Politicians consider the demonstration of the letter “Z” an undesirable support for Russian military actions in Ukraine. Russian units in Ukraine are marked with the letter ‘Z’, which is unacceptable.
The Minister of the Interior of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorius, said the following:
Anyone who uses the ‘Z’ symbol to publicly express their approval of Russian President Putin’s aggressive war against Ukraine should expect criminal consequences in Lower Saxony.
The German authorities are very sensitive to the symbols, given the years of Nazi rule, there is no doubt that the symbols of “Z” will be banned throughout Germany or in part of the federal states.