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.

 

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PEGIDA Munich – Neonazis climb Feldherrnhalle and openly displayed Racism

As every Monday PEGIDA gathered once again on October 10th in Munich. Less then one hundred participated came together. Speeches were a mixture of openly displayed racism, confused attempts to explain that Ukrainian Church architecture is more beautiful than protestant and islamic and a relativization of Donald Trumps sexism. Furthermore a small group of neonazis was able to get into the Feldherrnhalle. Rolf H. – known for violent attacks on journalists – prevented a video-documentation of the scene. Convicted neonazi terrorist Karl-Heinz Statzberger led anti-foreign slogans. Alderman Karl Richter marched – after speaking – at the front banner.

Neonazis once again climb Feldherrnhalle
Dan Eising, Petra K. and comrade climb Feldhernnhalle.
Dan Eising, Petra K. and comrade climb Feldhernnhalle.

Almost exactly one year ago, a group of neonazis managed to enter the historically charged Feldhernhalle during a PEGIDA rally and shouted: ‘Hasta la vista, Antifascista’. 24mmjournalism documented the incident. The video was shown in the evening news on BR. What happened was even topic in Munich’s city council.

Dan Eising, Petra K. and comrade climb Feldhernnhalle.
Dan Eising, Petra K. and comrade climb Feldhernnhalle.

Almost one year later some of the same neonazis tried to stage a similar situation. Dan Eising, that has also spoken at PEGIDA Munich, Petra K. and a comrade entered the building during the rally on October 10th. Police did not prevent this even though the group’s plans were more than obvious just minutes after their arrival.  Civil police arrived relatively soon on site and guided the group off the building before they had a chance to pose. Whilst this was happening photo- and videojournalists were blocked from documenting the situation. Not by police, but by a a very well known violent PEGIDA participant. A long list of violent acts against press photographers, but as well against counter protest draws a red line through Rolf H.’s actions during rallies. Recently he was convicted in Nuremberg for giving a colleague a headbutt. He has also a journalist and is well known for preventing documentary and journalistic work during rallies with a flag. Today he pushed over a colleague and well documented in this picture blocked journalists from reaching the site of action:

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Rolf H. prevents photo- and videojournalists from documenting neonazis entering the Feldhernnhalle.

Police did not intervene, but watched.

Racism and Neonazi Lead at PEGIDA Munich
At the front banner: Karl Richter
At the front banner: Karl Richter
Karl Richter BIA Munich alderman holds talk.
Karl Richter BIA Munich alderman holds talk.

This weeks speaker at PEGIDA Munich – also once again – alderman Karl Richter, that is part of the city council for the racist ‘BIA’. This so called ‘citizen’s initiative’ is run by neonazi party NPD and has preached hatred against foreigners and people seeking asylum for the past years. After his rather short speech he joined the march at the front-banner. The demonstration led to the place where Non-Citizens had held a protest camp for four weeks, before starting a protest march to Nuremberg. PEGIDA held a rally mid-way at Sendlinger Tor before marching back to Odeonsplatz. Speakers were not set up, but 24mmjournalism was still able to hear what Heinz Meyer and Karl Richter said.

PEGIDA Munich leader Heinz Meyer speaks.
PEGIDA Munich leader Heinz Meyer speaks.

Richter undermined how important it is to him that nationalist resistance ist organized, as well as the fact that the turn PEGIDA Munich has taken makes him feel very comfortable amongst the group. Heinz Meyer that earlier spoke about Ukranian church-architecture surpassing protestant or muslimic church architecture by far – which seems very confused – displayed his racism openly as rarely heard. This statement was made by Meyer, regarding refugees protesting:

‘… Ich weiß nicht, was diese Neger (sic!) hier wollen, es hat sie keiner eingeladen! …’

roughly translated:

‘… I don’t know what these niggers (sic!) are looking for here, nobody invited them! …’

This completes a picture of a PEGIDA Munich leader filled with hatred and racism once again. This also perfectly in the picture that could be witnessed during the march – as tweeted by 24mmjournalism convicted neonazi terrorist Karl-Heinz Statzberger once again took the lead today.

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Convicted neonazi terrorist Karl-Heinz Statzberger taking the lead screaming anti-foreign and neonacistic slogans.

Counter protest repeatedly was blocked from getting close to the PEGIDA rally. All in all Munich does not leave a nice impression on this cold Monday October 10th.

Small Videoreport by Colleague SPICY

AfD holds rally in Geretsried – thousand protest against it

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.

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PEGIDA Munich blocked twice – forced to full stop

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.

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