PEGIDA Munich March 6th – Spraypainted Swastika & Thirteen Arrests

On March 6th the Munich branch of the racist PEGIDA movement gathered for a rally on Karlsplatz, Status in the city-center of Munich. Only 40 participants had come to join the protest. PEGIDA Munich has already shown in the past that they have no problem with confessing neo-nazis amongst them. A swastika was freshly spray-painted only a few meters off the demonstration. Opponents were arrested for approaching a group of neo-nazis standing a little off the rally.

Thirteen Arrests

Minutes after the PEGIDA rally began a group of neo-nazis that attend the demonstrations on a very regular basis showed up. Instead of joining the rally surrounded by a cage the group stood a little off. Soon the neo-nazis were discovered by counter-protestors. Those then approached with banners and shouted slogans. As the groups got into contact three of the neo-nazis pushed into the banners. Police forces intervened. Thirteen opponents were arrested and charged with breach of the peace. The neo-nazis were accompanied to the PEGIDA rally. This is especially precarious because members of exact this group have run into counter-protests of PEGIDA with banners several time. This led to clashes.

Freshly Spraypainted Swastika

Just minutes later two journalists discovered a freshly spray-painted swastika near were the neo-nazi group stood earlier. The paint was still wet. After reporting this to police officers standing by the two journalists were searched for spray cans. In a later given statement by press officer Markus Da Gloria Martins this lead to a discharge of the two. The swastika was later-on removed. During the same time the group of neo-nazis participated in the rally. Only one hour later two of them were controlled. If this search and interrogation is in connection to the clash or the spray-painting is unknown.

Short reportage about March 6th at PEGIDA Munich

All in all a freshly spray-painted symbol of hatred close to a PEGIDA rally seems very revealing.

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Michael Trammer

Michael Trammer is a young freelance photo- and videojournalist currently based in Munich. Picking up a camera at the age of 14, he has been striving since young age to professionalize his work in both still and moving images. His vita is filled with work in event engineering, TV magazine production, movie production as well as postproduction and social media management and marketing. In 2018 Michi finished his apprenticeship as Mediadesigner Picture and Sound at ARRI Media. Also he is founder of the page 24mmjournalism – what started as a small project to make his pictures and opinions available for the public, has by now become a team project. His personal approach and declared goal is to document the fast-moving and ever changing world around us. Protests and social movements are an often chosen way to display anger and mischief about conditions in our society. Michi tries to deliver a wide-angle picture of those, confronting the viewer with the full width of the documented incident. Do not hesitate to get in touch and check out his portfolio and his ever growing set of publications in media accross the globe!

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