Following debates about refugees and migration the far right political party ‘AfD’ held a rally in the small southern-Bavarian town of Geretsried. Approximately 350 participated in the ‘AfD’ rally and 1000 demonstrated against the event.
Several known neo-nazis as well as the ‘Identitary Movement’ participated in the rally and where warmly welcomed by AfD functionaries. Identitary movement members shouting ‘Lügenpresse, Lügenpresse’:
The event focused on topics like: asylum seekers, membership in the European Union and Islam in Germany, as well as elections in some German counties today. Rapper Chris Ares performed two songs. After leaving the demonstration early with ‘bodyguards’ – usually operating as marshals at PEGIDA Munich. Chris Ares then returned running to pick up his payment from the AfD:
Police seized participants before entering the demonstration area and confiscated pepper sprays and several knives.
Police searching participants as they enter the area of the AfD rally.
Paticipant holding up sign: ‘Reugees Not Welcome.’
‘Nazis Raus’ signs in the mass of counter protestors.
Chris Ares and PEGIDA Munich participants posing for photographers with hoodies that have the logo of the ‘Bund Deutscher Patrioten’
Chris Ares speaking to AfD
‘1312’ hoodie worn by participant
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:
The group was awaited by a small group of antifacists. Riot police came too late to prevent a small wrangling.
PEGIA with Prussian war flag
PEGIDA & Identitarian front banner.
“München Ist Bunt” counter protestors.
PEGIDA marched is stopped.
Rolf Hecht harrassing press photographer
PEGIDA Munich gathered for their weekly march through inner city Munich yesterday. Approximately 250 had come to join the racist movement’s protest.
New compared to the last weeks:
Correction: The flag waved yesterday was a Prussian War flag – but the same participant already carried an Imperial War Flag some weeks ago at PEGIDA: http://24mmjournalism.com/2015/10/13/pegida-marches-neonazis-enter-historically-charged-feldherrnhalle/
- A banner of the “Identitarian Movement” was carried right next the front banner – for more informations about this far right movement: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identitarian_movement
- The screening of the sexist and racist video “Schlampen Barbie” (translated: Barbie-slut) – that I am not going to link in this blog. Roughly described the video corroborated racist resentments regarding refugees and people arriving in Germany.
Photo-report about the march last night:
PEGIDA gathers. A man carries a sign entiteling counter-protestors as facists.
Speaker opens PEGIDA march on January 25th.
Prussian War Flag
PEGIDA participant approaches to take portrait.
PEGIDA and Identitarian front transparents.
Identitarians march up front with PEGIDA Munich and shout: “Festung Europa – macht die Grenzen dicht!” (“Fortress Europe – close down all borders!”)
PEGIDA march in front of the opera of Munich
A single activist manages to reach PEGIDA route and tries to block police front vehicle from driving. Riot police carries him off the road.
Antifacist counter protestors get closer to the PEGIDA route.
Identitarian & racist banners/flags.
Sign demanding to close down all bordes.
NPD activists posing for camera – as usual PEGIDA has no problem at all to march with various neo-nazis amongst their rows.