Tatjana Festerling in 2015
6 March 1964
|Known for||Member of PEGIDA|
Tatjana Festerling (née Schimanski, 6 March 1964, Wuppertal) is a German New Right politician who was a member of the organisation team of the political movement Pegida. She was expelled from the Pegida leadership for advocating that asylum-seekers should be shot if they attempt to cross the German border.
Festerling was a founding member of the Hamburg section of the Alternative for Germany (AfD). She resigned from the party, after a looming threat of expulsion for her condoning action of the Hooligans against Salafists movement.
In 2015, Festerling joined Pegida and became the first-ever Pegida candidate to run for office. She contested for the mayoral election in the city of Dresden and gained 9.6% of the votes in the election held on 7 June 2015. Der Spiegel had described Pegida's decision in 2015 to invite Festerling, a woman, to work with the party founder Lutz Bachmann as an adroit move.
In June 2016, Festerling was dismissed from the Pegida leadership. Bachmann stated that her behaviour 'was injurious to the organisation' as the reason for her dismissal.
In 2017 she was found guilty of Volksverhetzung in Dresden and send to prison for 120 days. Before she has to go to jail she left the country. She’s a persona non grata in Germany and migrated to Bulgaria in 2018.
Festerling trained in coaching and yoga and has two grown up children. She is an ultra-marathon runner and widely travelled. In her spare time, she patrols the Bulgarian-Turkish border area together with local paramilitary forces.
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