PEGIDA Munich – brutal roadblock eviction and Antifa Reisen GmbH

On Monday the local PEGIDA branch marched once again through inner-city Munich. The racist group seems to be losing followers. This Monday the amount of participant has reduced further.

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NPD activist and neo-nazi/used-to-be antifa Lukas Bals serving as marshal hold talk.

As usual amongst the participants: NPD functionaries posing for cameras, neo-nazi Lukas Bals from Dortmund – serving as a PEGIDA marshal and other far right extremists. Bals has conducted violent attacks on antifacist activists in the Cologne area in the past: https://linksunten.indymedia.org/de/node/57818
Surprising that he is approved as a PEGIDA marshal since he has a criminal record.

After the racist march started antifacist counter protestors tried to block the route. USK riot police forces started brutally evicting the tried roadblock. One officer (seen in picture below) dragged a young man of the street pulling him only on his head. After fast intervention of riot police, PEGIDA was able to march undisturbed passed the block on the assigned route back to Odeonsplatz.

Antifa Reisen GmbH

Heinz Meyer presented a video at the final rally displaying ‘researches’ about buses that departed from Munich on Saturday at 2 A.M. that according to him traveled to Stuttgart to participate in Protests against Meeting of AfD. No people could be identified from the video. Heinz Meyer subtitled his video with “Reisebus der Firma Antifa Reise GmbH”.

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Clashes erupt as Turkish nationalists rally for Peace through Munich

All over Germany turkish nationalist mobilized for Peace demonstrations against the PKK and ISIS. Approximately 500 joined the rally in Munich. Clashes erupted as Kurdish activists and antifacists got onto the route and tried to block the street. Turkish demonstrators attacked people standing by and Police intervened. After the event was finished activists of both sides got into smaller fights. At least one person was wounded.

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“REFUGEES NOT WELCOME” Flags and ACAB Sweatshirts

On Monday December 21st, once again the Munich branch of the racist PEGIDA movement marched through Munich -once again.
Very revealing : One participant carried a “REFUGEES NOT WLCOME”-flag next to the front transparent and was wearing a sweatshirt with a imperial eagle and “Deutschland” written on it. Another participant was wearing a “1312 – ACAB FOREVER” hoodie. Police took him into custody. As usual neo-nazis were spotted amongst the mass of racists.

Also this week PEGIDA showed pictures and movies on a projector next to the speakers – if all materials displayed were licensed can be doubted.

Munich police showed once again their approach to freedom of press. As approximately 50 counter-protestors blocked the PEGIDA route – that was therefore changed and PEGIDA was not blocked – police officers told press photographers that a documentation of the actions is not necessary. After asking for a press official or the operations management, the officers on site answered that this is ordered by mission control and photographers have to stay behind barrier. Police officers did not want to hand out their names to report this restriction of fundamental rights. Bypassing Munich citizens were allowed to approach the roadblock – only press photographers were held back.
Eye-whitnesses reported police brutality by forces of the USK (riot police force). Once again the Munich Police Departement showed what it’s approach on freedom of press is – what has to be hidden from cameras?.
As PEGIDA arrived back at Odeonsplatz, colleagues asked the police officer in service as mission control why he ordered that photographers should be held back – he stated that this must have had to do with the colleagues approach and way to talk to the police officers on site. Also he stated that he did not order that journalists should be held back.

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PEGIDA Munich – numbers persist after Paris Attacks

Only at the most 200 have come to join this weeks anti-islam rally in Munich. After PEGIDA was blocked on the historically charged date of November 9th by 3000 citizens, the “concerned citizens” assembled again to march through Inner-city Munich. Already in the beginning the numbers of counter protestors were far outnumbering the racist rally. As every week the same ones have come:

  • “concerned citizens” holding up flags for France reminding us that this is all about islam trying to infiltrate us
  • people suffering from paranoia (walking by as I take a picture of a banner and as soon as I am done they start following me around and bugging me whom I work for – usually I sarcastically answer “Mossad” or something similar)
  • Rolf H. known for attacking photographers and blocking camera lenses with his flag (it broke this time whilst using it as a weapon against an “enemy”)
  • Karl Heinz Statzberger – public figure of the far right party “Der III. Weg”, convicted neonazi terrorist
  • Thomas S. – also convicted neonazi terrorist (last time shouted at counter protestors “Fotze” [“cunt”] trying to provoke a conflict and this time constantly taking pictures of counter-protest
  • Activists from the old party “Die Freiheit” – anti-islam activists that used to make politics with Michael Stürzenberger
  • Activists from “Die Rechte”, “NPD and other far right parties

All in all it can still be concluded neo-nazis are warmly welcomed at PEGIDA Munich (“PEGIDA marshals” welcomede them once again with hugs and handshakes)

PEGIDA March

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After some speeches in the beginning – focusing a lot on being blocked a week ago and marching today  – PEGIDA started at Odeonsplatz onto the little round trip around the “Hofgarten”. The participants of the march were constantly shouting: “Es gibt kein Recht auf Volksverrat!”; “Merkel muss weg!” & “Gestern Paris, morgen Berlin!”

Video from my Twitter-Timeline, also whilst passing the american consulate.

The anger of PEGIDA members not able to march last week could be felt.
Especially when getting in contact with …

Counter Protest

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Counter protestors hand bananas over into the PEGIDA “cage”. One participant of the PEGIDA rally takes three and smashes them onto the concrete.

From the beginning on Munich citizens gathered around the PEGIDA cage and loudly displayed their mischief with PEGIDA trying to march again. Some counter protestors handed bananas over the cage. One PEGIDA member took three bananas and smashed them on the floor. Only minutes later Stefan S. “PEGIDA marshal” wanted to file charges against the counter protestors for throwing bananas.
Members of PEGIDA handed out spreadsheets asking people to participate in the racist marches. A counter demonstrator burned one of those.

Very small gallery of some counter protest:

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Roadblocks

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PEGIDA Munich blocked for the first time.

After 3/4 of the PEGIDA route the first roadblock was set up by citizens. Approximately 25 people sat down to show their mischief with PEGIDA. Route was blocked for 45 minutes. While riot police forces immediately were on site to film participants of the action of civil unrest and shout at them, PEGIDA had almost no police company. Taking the lead Karl Heinz Statzberger and other neo-nazis keep walking up to the block shouting “Wir sind das Volk!”.  Only 10m away from the road-block the Munich police department ist able to stop the mob. But still single PEGIDA participants are able to leave the demonstration. For example Thomas S.:pegidamuc_151115_8

The riot police forces – not realizing to have a neo-nazi terrorist standing right next to them – pushed him into counter-protest. Only one week ago in the exact same situation Thomas S. started a fight with bystanders.

Just hours after PEGIDA pictures of the roadblock appear on a neonazi Facebook-page:

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Screenshot of Facebook Fanpage “Gegen Linksradikalismus München”

After police threatens to remove the roadblock with immediate enforcement Munich citizens stand up and let the racist march pass.

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Tensions rise after the first road block. Convicted neo-nazi terrorists take the lead shouting: “Wir sind das Volk!”

But just around the next corner in front of Feldherrnhalle the rest of the counter-protestors have formed blocks by showing civil unrest and sitting down.

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Second roadblock. Approximately 400 protestors sit down and block the road for PEGIDA. PEGIDA is guided over the sidewalk into their cage. Police shows full force and brutality against counter protestors.

Police started to act unlawful – opposing what happened earlier (with talking to the blockers for three times over speakers and giving them the chance to remove themselves) riot police forces just started pushing and punching the opposing protest. I witnessed a girl with a bike being brutally pushed into the mass of counter protest – her bike was thrown over by riot police forces. As PEGIDA came closer police started to get more and more violent.
How were any of these actions lawful?

As I tried to document the unlawful situation at Odeonsplatz the interference of police with press work reached a new level.

Freedom of Press at PEGIDA Marches

A photographer was choked by riot police group leader pulling on his press ID badge. The officer then pretended the ID was faked and tried to use immediate force against the journalist and push him into the mass of counter protest. After grabbing and pushing the journalist he then took the ID out of the badge and had it filmed by colleagues. Criminal files against this group leader are to be charged in the coming days.

Also riot police forces kept telling photographers to walk at least 20 meters away from PEGIDA. As I asked them to please call the press speaker – that I could not spot in any situation I would have needed support – a USK group leader just told me [roughly translated]:

“… as I told you before keep away 20 meters from the march, and I don’t care what the press speaker told you … “

As usual also PEGIDA members blocking cameras with flags came up very close. The situation with polic officers  got even worse, compared to last week.

Collected in the following video: PEGIDA not being stopped by police marching towards road-block & oppression of freedom of press.

All in all it can still be concluded PEGIDA Munich has been shown once again that Munich citizens do not like the racist mob marching through Munich and will use civil unrest to stop them.

Heinz Meyer PEGIDA Vorstand announced at the end of the march that PEGIDA is going to march every single day from January 1st on. It will be interesting how my concerned citizens will join a daily hike through Munich.

Freedom for Paul

After counter PEGIDA activist Paul got arrested on Monday for supposingly carrying a weapon during protests, Munich antifacist groups gathered in front of the JVA Stadelheim (Munich prison).

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