On September 25 a little more than 20 activists of neonazi party “Der. III. Weg” gathered in Landshut to rally under the motto “Härtere Strafen für Kinderschänder!” (roughly translated: “Stronger punishment for child abusers”). Walter Strohmeier, Julia R. and an activist from Eastern-Bavaria held talks, preaching hatred on the “BRD judical system” and fantasizing about castration, long-term lockdown in prison and compulsory labor for “perverts”. One activist brought a child, exploiting it for the neonazi rally. According to police 500 people demonstrated against the neonazis.
Spontaneously antifa activists gathered to demonstrate against an election party of the AfD held due to elections in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. As the demonstration approached the restaurant “Portugal” in the disctrict of “Berg am Laim” in Munich where AfD gathered, known activists such as Chris Ares – a far-right rapper, Lukas Bals – already spotted with the leader of the Bavarian Afd trying to disturb a colleagues talk, Rick W. and other activists tried to stop the rally. Violence erupted as the demonstration approached. Chris Ares called out activists for fighting with him in the middle of the street. Cussing, spitting and hitting the group violently attacked the demonstration. Rick W. hit a journalist’s head as the demonstrators had already left the site. Lukas Bals spit at a journalists leaving as the situation got dangerous. Chris Ares jumped into a journalists head, and tried to kick a photographer of 24mmjournalism. Photojournalist Anne Wild documented the attacks by Chris Ares:
— Anne Wild (@annewild_muc) 4. September 2016
By now [Tuesday, September 6] several newspapers have reported the incident. Chris Ares has announced to sew 24mmjournalism for publishing this pictures and taken down his Facebook page stating that he is a “Person Of Public Interest”. His private Facebook profile has been taken on- and offline several times. Only minutes after the first publication of this article Ares posted on his profile:
This post has been edited later on more than once. By now it is deleted, as newspapers and -pages have reported about the reaction.
Süddeutsche Zeitung – http://www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/friedenstrasse-bei-afd-wahlparty-rechtsextreme-greifen-fotografen-an-1.3149276
Die Welt – https://beta.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article157962437/Pruegelei-bei-AfD-Wahlparty-in-Muenchen.html?wtrid=crossdevice.welt.desktop.vwo.article-spliturl&betaredirect=true#article-comments
Abenzeitung – http://www.abendzeitung-muenchen.de/inhalt.gegner-demonstrierten-vor-wahllokal-afd-wahlparty-endet-in-schlaegerei.e6b9a72a-aceb-4aec-b06f-d2764a7e0828.html
TZ – http://www.tz.de/muenchen/stadt/berg-am-laim-ort43346/muenchen-karate-angriff-afd-wahlparty-ich-hatte-wirklich-angst-6721639.html
Münchner Merkur – http://www.merkur.de/lokales/muenchen/ost/muenchen-karate-angriff-afd-wahlparty-ich-hatte-wirklich-angst-6721639.html
neues deutschland – https://www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/1024425.antifa-demo-von-afd-anhaengern-attackiert.html
Die Zeit Online – Störungsmelder – http://blog.zeit.de/stoerungsmelder/2016/09/05/gewaltausbruch-bei-afd-wahlparty-in-muenchen_22309
Reflektierter Bengel – http://reflektierter-bengel.de/tritte-und-schlaege-bei-afd-wahlparty-in-muenchen/
Huffington Post – http://www.huffingtonpost.de/2016/09/06/afd-wahlparty-muenchen_n_11866782.html?utm_hp_ref=germany
AFD denies connections in Newspaper – Thugs participate in Election Party
By Tuesday September 6, an AfD spokesman has given an interview to local newspaper Abendzeitung about the thugs and the escalation in front of the restaurant. In the statement Wilfried Biedermann denies that the AfD has any connection to the persons that started beating up antifascists in front of the restaurant. Also Biedermann states that every person participating and entering the restaurant ‘Portugal’ was controlled and their ID was checked. The inside of the restaurant can be seen in a video uploaded to the party’s own YouTube-Channel AfD Television. In the video Lukas Bals, Chris Ares and another thug can be spotted:
To prevent further vain attempts of the party to deny a connection and the thugs participation after the beatings in front of the restaurant: The videos where taken as there is already predictions about the quote AfD took in the election polls. As usually in Germany the first predictions where published a 6PM on the evening of the election. This is at least twenty minutes after the beating took place. This once more proves that the thugs participated in the election party.
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.
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.
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
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.
— Endstation Rechts. (@ER_Bayern) 18. Juli 2016
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.
Full picture gallery
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
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”.