PEGIDA Munich marches – Neonazis mock victims of November progroms

Two days before the historical anniversary of the November pogroms and the attempted Hitler-coup PEGIDA Munich rallys in front of the historically charged Feldherrnhalle in Munich. Neonazis show up with a transparent stating ‚We are the people‘ and hold up sparkles. This is a clear reference to the pogroms where synagogues were lit. This is also a clear reference to the attempted Hitler coup where neonazis marched with torches at the exact same spot. Munich police department violently cleared their way to the PEGIDA rally, through the counter protest. During the march through the historic old town of Munich two attempted blocks by antifascists were brutally evicted. PEGIDA returned to its starting point where Karl Richter held a speech.

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PEGIDA Munich – Defamation, Constraint of Freedom of Press and Lukas Bals as Moderator

Just as every Monday PEGIDA Munich gathered once again on September 31st. Only a little less then 70 had come to listen to talks by Heinz Meyer, Lukas Bals and Dan Eising. The route up and down Lindwurmstrasse was quite unspectacular – speeches held were deeply racist and slandering.

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Defamation
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“Drahtzieher im Hintergrund” / “Masterminds behind the scenes” (pixelated by 24mmjournalism) – defamation by Heinz Meyer and PEGIDA Munich on the screen

At the beginning of the rally Heinz Meyer projected a slate above the heads of the participants showing two pictures with the headline:

“Drahtzieher im Hintergrund” / “Masterminds behind the scenes”

The picture below “Munich” displayed a supposing activist. According to Heinz Meyer this activist orders attacks and violent offences behind the scenes. Lukas Bals continued with the defamation holding up different politicians’ faces and colleague Robert Andreasch’s face as a halloween disguise.

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Lukas Bals holding up a picture of colleague Robert Andreasch’s face commenting it to be a good halloween disguise

Constraint of Freedom of Press
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Rolf H. trying to block camera lens. Policeman symbolically for the behavior of Munich police departement stares in another direction.

Once again Rolf H., known for brutally attacking a colleague in Nuremberg, kept trying to prevent journalists from documenting the demonstration. Either with flags, banners or his bare hand he tried to block lenses. Dan Eising that later spoke and predicted that Angela Merkel (german chancellor), Dieter Reiter (Munich mayor) and Tobias Bezler (journalist) will equally be punished by the anger of ‚the people‘ attacked two colleagues as he left the PEGIDA area supposedly to go to the bathroom. He also encouraged the agitation of PEGIDA Munich with neonazi party ‚Der III. Weg‘.

New moderation
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Lukas Bals, since last week PEGIDA Munich moderator.

Lukas Bals, known in Munich for trying to disturb a talk about the right-wing scene and attacking journalists at an AfD election party and nationally known for actions in NRW, is PEGIDA Munich’s new moderator since last week. Bals has repetively appeared at PEGIDA Munich first just participating, then serving as a marshall. His connections to the militant neonazi scene in Dortmund and reappereance accross far right events in Munich seem to make him a good candidate for the ‚job‘.

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Lukas Blas, his probable partner and Chris Ares talk to police at Sendlinger Tor on November 1st.

On Tuesday night (November 1st) Lukas Bals and Chris Ares appeared at the refugee’s hunger strike to shoot a vlog according to Lukas Bals Twitter profile. Accompanied by police they left Sendlinger Tor after one hour.

 

PEGIDA Munich removes swastika from trashcan in frontbanner

PEGIDA gathered in front of the Feldherrnhalle in Munich. Approximately one hundred participated in the far right rally. The Munich branch introduced it’s new banner erasing the swastika from the trashcan in it’s front banner. PEGIDA members greeted this decision with applause. Later on the march was blocked twice.

PEGIDA Munich blocked – Marches back on original Route

PEGIDA Munich – with missing out special guest Jürgen Elsässer due to sickness – marched through Munich tonight. Antifacist groups mobilized for several counter-demonstrations and set up a roadblock that forced the racist march to turn around and walk back to Odeonsplatz.

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PEGIDA marches – Neonazis enter historically charged Feldherrnhalle

Last night PEGIDA Munich gathered once again. The Münchner Merkur just hours earlier reported that not only Hein M. is suspect in a counter-terrorism investigation, according to SPIEGEL he also searched contact with Martin Wiese, convicted for the planned bombing on the synagogue in 2003. Still PEGIDA Munich now newly tries to prevent being seen as neonazis – some examples from last night:

As the rally began there was a member (that has been appearing on scene with a new flag weekly) carrying a Reichskriegsflagge (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichskriegsflagge):

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Reichskriegsflagge – in the middle of PEGIDA rally at Odeonsplatz.

The then very angry protestor was kicked out – PEGIDA does not want him marching with them, as long as he carries this flag.
One main problem: Not carrying this flag does not change this man’s political perspective, this is not a clear distancing from far right extremists.

As PEGIDA marched, Peter Meidl, known from “Die Rechte Rosenheim” and known for posing in front of cameras, was told to not march first row. He said in Freising: “My name is Peter MEidl and I am a proud neo-nazi.”

Banning him in the back rows is not at all a distancing from neonazi activists or neonazism itslef.

On site there was a NPD transparent as well as neo-nazi Roland Wuttke. Wuttke is known for cooperating with every neo-nazi group there is.

During the PEGIDA march some of the 250 members tried to blind press members by using strong LED flashlights against photographers. The march was quite unspectacular, but what happened back at the Odeonsplatz was unbelievable. A group of fourteen neonazis (that applauded as a speaker made a comment about corrupt nazi judges making the holocaust possible) amongst them convicted terrorists Thomas Schatt and Karl-Heinz Statzberger left the PEGIDA Munich cage with very few Police company. They walked across the street and went up the stairs of the historically charged Feldherrnhalle. As seen on this picture Hitler stood where the neonazis positioned themselves. They then shouted: “Hasta la vista – antifacista!” One of them lifting his right arm with a fist and putting his other hand on his heart. Amongst them also Ramazan S.

Video of what happened:

Then the neo-nazis where able to walk off without police caring. USK riot police stood by all of this and ignored what happened.

My collected pictures from last night:

Pictures are available here: http://www.demotix.com/news/8780372/pegida-marches-neonazis-enter-historically-charged-feldherrnhalle

PEGIDA Munich marches up and down Ludwigstrasse – amongst them Turkish ultra-nationalist

Once again PEGIDA Munich rallied against refugees, asylum seekers and the “Islamization of Germany”. This weeks PEGIDA rally took place on a new route – displayed on the map below:


The route was quite unspectacular but seemed to be hard to handle for the Munich Police department. PEGIDA had to march surrounded by riot police officers, banners where hardly possible to see from the sidewalk and counter protestors were constantly shouting louder than the PEGIDA members. A video I tweeted on site displays this quite well (counter protestors are shouting roughly translated: “There is no right for nazis to display there propaganda”)

Several times counter protestors attempted to block the route, leading to stops of the march and redirections from the originally planned route (onto the other side of the street).

Still some interesting developments took place that i will enlist below:

First off I will start with a rather funny getting in contact to a PEGIDA member. He – an old man at the age of approximately 70 years – was photographing colleagues and me as we were doing our job. He then started handing out flyers with the name and the face of a colleague and the words: “GOOGLE HIM!” I asked him if I could have one he then handed the flyer to me. Five minutes later he walked up to me asking how many pictures of PEGIDA I have taken so far – I ironically answered: “Between 5000 and 6000 – the Mossad pays per picture” With a kind of shocked look he walked away. Another five to ten minutes later he walked back up to me telling me: “Now I know – you needed my fingerprints” I could not hold back and started laughing quite hard. I can not understand how important he thinks he is – he later handed over some flyers to me for “my intelligence service”.

Something rather confusing happened today at PEGIDA. Ramazan S. – the hooligan that attacked my colleague on sunday at the Turkish nationalists rally showed up at PEGIDA again. Accompanying Thomas Schatt – convicted neonazi terrorists – and other neonazis known from “Die Rechte” rallies and “Der III. Weg”. For comparison pictures from PEGIDA on the Odeonsplatz and him amongst the Turkish nationalists at almost exactly the same spot one day before:

Almost at the Siegestor one PEGIDA marshall started loudly confronting a counter protestor walking next to the demonstration. He was shouting at him that they should meet without police and as the counter protestor walked up to him to talk to him he pushed him away and started acting even more aggressively.

As usual the Munich riot police force pulled and pushed people trying to block the march route violently of the street. Several times I was pushed into counter protestors and police officers ignored my press ID.

All in all PEGIDA was still quite unspectacular and with less then 100 members the numbers are shrinking again. A collection of my pictures – that are available on Demotix – below:

PEGIDA Munich – Information booth Nr. 1

PEGIDA Munich is turning more and more into a show we have seen before:
Hate-preachers locked up in a cage discussing with counter demonstrators – leading to little confrontations all over the place.

Novelty: Kids in the cage.

Beside from that: Pure boredom.