Several thousand people gathered on September 3rd in Berlin to demonstrate against racism. The Blockupy movement participated in the demonstration (following protests on September 2nd) under the motto: “Grenzenlos – Feministisch, Solidarisch, Antikapitalistisch” [Borderless – feminist, solidary, anticapitalist ]. Pyrotechnic was lit several time. AfD posters were painted on with marker. The rally ended near the headquarter of the racist AfD party.
PEGIDA announced the break of not marching is over last week as they gathered again after months of inactivity. The following week – Monday the 25th – the group wanted to start their rally at Karlsplatz, Stachus and “have a walk” through the city. Just half an hour before the rally was supposed to begin the Facebook page announced:
“PEGIDA Munich cancels the event today because the space assigned by the city is unsuitable under aspects of security. The distance to violent counter protestors is not given according to the responsible person at PEGIDA Munich.”
PEGIDA Munich post neglected by participants
The message of PEGIDA being cancelled seemed not to reach the participants. Everything and everybody was there: The group’s van, the organizers and the participants. Counter-protestors that were the reason for the event being canceled were sitting and standing where PEGIDA was supposed to hold their rally. Munich police department did not separate the groups and was only carrying away fences that are usually used to separate two politically opposing groups. The situation then escalated. Members of the racist movement started insulting counter protestors. One person was holding up a printed picture of a colleague with his address on the back. Chaos broke out when to young PEGIDA participants got into the counter-protestors. Police arrested one person of the antifascist counter-protestors with force. Riot-police was on-site soon. This did not help the situation. PEGIDA participants, known for violence such as hooligan Petra K. were roaming around and at least verbally attacking bystanders. Police officers trying to separate the two groups had problems identifying members of the racist group. So repetitively PEGIDA participants were standing in the middle of counter-protestors causing chaos on Karlsplatz, Stachus. After one hour of chaos, the group was led to the subway station and a day of chaos due to the last-minute cancelling ended. After all it can be concluded that there had to be other reasons for PEGIDA to cancel the march then the “missing distance to counter protest” as the group showed no fear to get close to counter-protestors.
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.
NPD and marshal with criminal record
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”.
Far right party AfD met today in Stuttgart to decide further course for future years. Many people demonstrated against the meeting. Civil unrest was shown. Police captured counter-demonstrators with massive force and held them in a mobile prison until late in the afternoon. 700 people were detained with some collapsing due to no medical supply and no water. Amongst them four of my colleagues, of which one had to be brought to the hospital. Violent police forces left 67 people injured and many traumatized.
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.
As usual the racist PEGIDA movement’s Munich branch marched once again. The usual participants were amongst the mass – neo-nazis, holocaust deniers, NPD party-mmbers and the Identitarian movement – quite taking the lead in shouting paroles as PEGIDA marched. After PEGIDA crossed the “Platz der Opfer des Nationalsozialismus” (Square of the Victims of National Socialism) Munich antifacists managed to pass by the march and riot police sprinting forward and shortly blocking the road. The demonstration was guided past the road-block. Later on antifacist counter-protestors managed a second time to block the marching route. Approximately 100 people separated and blocked two different possibilities for a PEGIDA route. Also this time Munich Police Departement decided not to evict the roadblocks, but guide PEGIDA through a small hole on the side of the roadblock. As the racists demonstration returned to Odeonsplatz neo-nazis such as known Petra K. and convicted neo-nazi terrorist Thomas Schatt split off the mass and entered the subway station. As reported on Twitter by colleague Thomas Bergmann:
Nazis werden zur U Bahn geleitet unten treffen sie auf Antifas.. USK kommt etwas zu spät #muc0102
— Thomas Bergmann (@ThomasBergmann_) February 1, 2016
The group was awaited by a small group of antifacists. Riot police came too late to prevent a small wrangling.