Lower Saxony and Bremen
Criminal consequences for the “Z” symbol in Bremen
Hannover (dpa/lni) – After Lower Saxony and other federal states, Bremen has also announced criminal consequences for using or spreading the “Z” symbol in public. “The ‘Z’ is a clear sign of support for the illegal war against Ukraine,” Interior Senator Ulrich Mäurer (SPD) said on Monday. According to Mäurer, the German legal system punishes the approval of wars of aggression and, therefore, the public display or use of the “Z” symbol in this context is prohibited and will be sanctioned consistently. “Today I made the police authorities aware of the prohibited use of this symbol.”
Since the beginning of the war of aggression against Ukraine, a white “Z” has often been seen on Russian tanks and uniforms. It has become a symbol of support for Russia and is also displayed outside the war zone on buildings, cars, and clothing.
People who use the unconstitutional symbol in public can be punished with a prison term of up to three years or a fine, according to the statement.