PEGIDA Munich Joins ‘Patriotic Forces’ with Neonazi Parties

PEGIDA Munich gathers once again on Odeonsplatz. Approximately 70 participated in the far-right rally. With the date of PEGIDA Munich’s second birthday approaching the movement has once more shown its far-right neonazi believes. Karl-Heinz Statzberger, ‘Der III. Weg’ and Karl Richter, ‘BIA’ held speeches. Flyers of the neonazi party ‘III. Weg’ were thrown.

 

On the gloomy night of December fifth once again PEGIDA participants gather to rally. The same people as every week join. Amongst participants as usually violent neonazis like Dan Eising, Petra K., Tirza M., Karl-Heinz Statzberger, Karl Richter and many more. The only premiere on this Monday night: Karl-Heinz Statzberger, convicted neonazi terrorist and local leader of the neonazi party ‘Der III. Weg’, steps up front and is handed a microphone. Content of the speech: The neonazi party ‘Der III. Weg’, their ‘mission’ of aiding refugees in Syria to keep them from fleeing to Europe and in the end he salutes with the parties greetings:

Fürs Vaterland? Bereit! Fürs Volk? Bereit! Für die Heimat? Bereit! 

PEGIDA answers his speech with applause and salutes back. Heinz Meyer, under investigation by the Federal German Bar, thanks the neonazi functionary and declares that all patriotic forces have to join the fight. He also announces that he will be participating in ‘Der III. weg’ rallies in the future.

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Karl Richter speaks to the demonstration.

After returning from the march through inner-city Munich, that was attempted to be blocked by antifascists, another neonazi functionary held a speech. Karl Richter, a by know well approved speaker at the local PEGIDA rallies, talks about the awful government of the city of Munich and also declares that the system will be overthrown, as it can be seen in the United States and the barely lost election of Hofer in Austria.

Heinz Meyer then finishes off with the ambiguous sentence that ‘Adolf’ should have held a speech after Statzberger and Richter, but that he will do that in a video next week. This clearly shows the direction PEGIDA Munich is heading for in the upcoming year. Even the last bystander must have realized by now: PEGIDA Munich is a weekly neonazi march through inner-city Munich.

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Non-Citizen Protest at Sendlinger Tor in Munich

Following protests in the years of 2013 at Rindermarkt and 2014 at Sendlinger Tor (24mmjournalim reported), [and many other actions] non-citizens have gathered once again at Sendlinger Tor to protest against the situation for people asking for asylum in Germany. Approximately  70 refugees are protesting in downtown Munich right now. Munich’s far-right has shown up several times at the protest camp, held rallies and pegida has marched past the camp.

Protest Camp and Goals
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“We are human beeings!”

Six pavillions, pallettes, an info-table, food, water, sleeping mats and bags. As one gets off the Tramway at Sendlinger Tor in the city center of Munich the protest camp can easily be spotted. Right next to the fountain, non-citizens try to deliver a message. “We are human beeings!” – as Adeel (one of movement’s speakers) also loudly stated at the spontaneous demonstration on Tuesday September 13th – gallery below. The camp  emerged out of a demonstration on September 7th – Thomas Bergmann reported. On the 7th day at Sendlinger Tor, Refugee Struggle for Freedom published a statement:

“Wir sind hier um Bleiberecht zu erlangen, in der öffentlichen Wahrnehmung zu sein, um mit Politiker*innen zu sprechen, Verbündete zu bekommen, sodass wir als große Masse auftreten können, um so die Asylgesetze zu verändern. …”

“We are here to gain the right to stay, to be in public perception, to talk to politicians, gain supporters, so we can rise to change asylum laws …” [roughly translated]

-Refugee Struggle for Freedom

Life at Sendlinger Tor
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Pavillions are set up in the middle of the night.

Non-citizens and supporters of the movement work together to make Sendlinger Tor a place to hold a camp. Pavillions were set up in the middle of the first night. Food is delivered on a regular basis – cooked close to the camp. Supporters stay over night to help in case help is needed.  The – right now – turned off fountain has evolved to a place where people hang out, make music and hold meetings to discuss how protest should go on. “In general the situation is ok”, Adeel told me. Still goods are needed. Even on Saturday night – 24mmjournalism stayed to watch the situation and understand what spending the night at Sendlinger Tor means – there were still people without sleeping bags and mats. Some protestors sleep on the bare ground – only wrapped in banners and clothing. In case you want to support and find out what goods are needed right now – ask at the info-table in front of the camp. As there were heavy rainfalls during the time of the protest the camp has been made safe against bad weather. Further impressions from the camp at  night:

Munich’s far-right scene reacts
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Michael Stürzenberger with ‘cameraman’ / DieFreiheit activist.

As expected Munich’s far-right and neonazi scene has reacted. On Saturday September 10th Michael Stürzenberger (failed local politician, Die Freiheit, pi-news) showed up and started filming in the middle of the camp with his “cameraman”. In a video published to his YouTube channel Stürzenberger states that he wanted to report as an unbiased journalist and got attacked by left-extremists as he wandered through the camp. Non-citizens and supporters seem to have reacted and expelled him from the demonstration. Also an article by him showed up on PI-News. The comments section of the article makes one shudder. Openly some users ask to do a “drive by and warmly remove the camp” – following words about molotov-cocktails. Those words seem especially dangerous, as refugee housings have been set on fire through the past year all over Germany. Below a collection of the worst, most racist and filled with hatred comments:

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Lukas Bals that has been in media reports recently for causing trouble at the AfD election party, as well as Robert Andreasch’s talk at the Eine-Welt-Haus, was also spotted close to the camp according to eyewhitnesses. A gardener watering the plants poured water over sleeping bags as reported by Refugee Struggle for Freedom on Twitter:

 On Monday night after the local PEGIDA branch marched 13 well-known participants of the racist rally showed up a Sendlinger Tor. Amongst them: Rolf H. known for violent attacks on journalists and Heinz Meyer, leader of the regional PEGIDA movement. On the next day convicted neonazi terrorist Karl-Heinz Statzberger and hooligan Petra K. showed up and handed out flyers with the headline “Asylflut Stoppen!”. The flyers are printed by neonazi-party “Der III. Weg”- Statzberger and K. are both affiliated with the party.

After all it can be mentioned: Racist resentments can be noticed on site – people walking by shake their heads and cuss at refugees. Neonazis show up at the rally and hand out flyers and far-right “journalists” walk through the camp to write articles which are later commented with call-ups for acts of violence and murder.

UPDATE

By now neo-nazis have gathered close to the camp  at Sendlinger Tor during heavy rainfalls. Local PEGIDA leader Heinz Meyer joined their protest. Gallery:

One day later PEGIDA marched passed the camp and will again on September 26.

The Struggle Continues

Although this all does not look like a good prospect, activists of Refugee Struggle for Freedom say they will not stop to fight until they gain the rights of basic human beings in Germany. Until their voices will be heard. This could clearly be felt at the spontaneous demonstration that was held on Tuesday night, as well as the demonstration through inner city Munich held some days later. Picture gallery:

The protest will continue – at least until Semptember 30th. The city has permitted the camp until that day. 24mmjournalism will continue to report about the protest and update this article

Stand Up Against Racism Demonstration – Berlin

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.

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PEGIDA Munich – Tatjana Festerling visits Munich [Picture Gallery]

PEGIDA Munich marches once again on August 1st 2016. Tatjana Festerling that made it to newspapers recently for travelling to European borders and going after refugees visited the Munich branch of the racist movement. Her speech in Munich was deeply filled with hatred e.g. she demanded that “…the autochtonal inhabitants of Germany should weaponize themselves as much as possible…” and also said refugees are conducting a genocide of the german “Volk”. Dan Eising affiliated with “Die Rechte” was in charge as PEGIDA marshall during the march. On Monday night this article was published in local newspaper Münchner Merkur. The Bavarian minister of the interior warns that right wing extremists aew taking the lead at PEGIDA. Festerling speaking and Dan Eising as marshall are just two more examples that neo-nazis, racists and antisemits are warmly welcome at PEGIDA Munich.
During the small march through old-town Munich the route was blocked by more than 50 antifascists near Isartor. After police violence errupting two weeks ago today Munich police departement guided PEGIDA by the roadblock. Some activists tried to set up a second roadblock. Riot police officers violently pushed against the group from all sides shouting and screaming “calm down”. The racists march by then already passed for a while.

Last-minute cancelled PEGIDA causes chaos in Munich

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:

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PEGIDA Munich cancelled last-minute.

“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.

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PEGIDA starts marching again – police violence errupts

After a longer break due to legal issues with the city of Munich PEGIDA marched again on Monday July 18th. The rally started with speaks at Odeonsplatz. At the most 150 participants had come to join the ‘new beginning’. Heinz Meyer opened the rally with the words:

“Der Islam gehört nicht zu Deutschland!” – Heinz Meyer, PEGIDA July 18th
(“Islam does not belong to Germany!”)

Stephano Simon preaches hatred

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A “highlight” of the rally was speaker Stephane Simon that had the opportunity to insult, scream and spread his hate twice during the rally. He kept repeating that he is homosexual and that he found some of the counter-protestors quite sweet and would not have touched them as hard as police officers did. Especially delicate: Stephane Simon used to be a federal police officer. More information on his person and former statements in this article: http://de.wikimannia.org/Stephane_Simon (sorry for the anti-feminist link, but they enlist information about Stephane Simon)
A very remarkable statement by Simon in his first speach was that as soon as “people like him reign” all the people demonstrating against PEGIDA will become refugees.

 In his second speech Simon tried to analyze the attempted coup in Turkey. This ended in screaming, shouting at counter-protestors via microphone and insulting people such as chancellor Angela Merkel and counter-protestors standing near the fence around Odeonsplatz

Dynamo Dresden Hool, III. Weg, BIA and Die Rechte

As usual neo-nazis were on site. Petra K. affiliated with neo-nazi party III.Weg showed up in company of Dan Eising that recently took pictures of counter-protestors in Fürth with a self-printed press ID. Other participants were wearing far right symbols such as a button of the “Europäische Aktion” and the “BIA”. Along with the group was a very aggressive hool from Dresden shouting at journalists and insulting counter-protestors. Munich police departement allowed the group to leave the PEGIDA cage and wander around counter-protest. In the past this has lead to violent attacks.

March and police violence

As the racist mob started walking antifascist activists set up a roadblock. Riot police forces immediately started pulling people off the streets. After one group was thrown onto the sidewalk a policeman punched a girl in the face. According to reports her nose is broken and she had to be treated by an ambulance. A riot force paramedic participated in the eviction. Instead of helping hurt people he dragged antifascists off the streets and pushed them into a backyard.

Video of the probably unlawful eviction:

Two more small roadblocks were set up on the route. PEGIDA was able to march with hardly any stops. Up until  11:30 PM PEGIDA was showing videos on Odeonsplatz, but not really rallying. According to reports only few participants stayed that long and were just eating popcorn.

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PEGIDA Fuerth fails – counter-protest outnumbers demonstration by far

On Thursday July 7th the Nuremberg branch of the racist PEGIDA movement gathered in Fürth. Only a little more then 50 people came to take part in the rally – the counter-demonstration attracted more then 600 people. Neonazi Dan Eising, “Die Rechte” showed up in company of local neonazi comrades with a self-printed “press ID”. Surprisingly police let Dan Eising pass at first without problems, even though the “Press ID” was clearly self-made. After colleagues talked to the press official on site, Dan Eising was first taken into custody and the fake ID was scanned. Then minutes later Eising could continue his “work”. This is especially delicate because Eising has tried to sneak into antifascist structures in Nuremberg before to investigate: https://linksunten.indymedia.org/de/node/137080

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