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.

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


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: (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 Munich April 18th

PEGIDA Munich marched once again on April 18th. As usually 150 participated in the racist march. Antifacist activists blocked the route at Isartor. PEGIDA was redirected by police and passed by the roadblock on the other side.


Clashes erupt as Turkish nationalists rally for Peace through Munich

All over Germany turkish nationalist mobilized for Peace demonstrations against the PKK and ISIS. Approximately 500 joined the rally in Munich. Clashes erupted as Kurdish activists and antifacists got onto the route and tried to block the street. Turkish demonstrators attacked people standing by and Police intervened. After the event was finished activists of both sides got into smaller fights. At least one person was wounded.

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PEGIDA Munich 03-28-16

Even on christian holiday Easter Monday PEGIDA Munich gathered. Only approximately 150 joined the rally. Amongst the participants were activists of the neo-nazi parties ‘Der III. Weg’ and ‘NPD’. Remarkable was Heinz Meyers speech about asylum politics and racism in Israel. As tweeted by Reflektierter Bengel, he finished his talk with the conclusion that Israel ist the biggest concentration camp of the western hemisphere. 

 This comment is very revealing as there were discussions if PEGIDA is antisemitic. As the march started Karl-Heinz-Statzberger – convicted neo-nazi terrorist – took the lead shouting paroles several times. The now on a regular basis seen flag in black-white-red was carried next to the front-banner today. Approximately sixty antifacist activists blocked the PEGIDA route today. The racist march was redirected and returned to Odeonsplatz.

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PEGIDA Munich marches & deposits wreath

Yesterday – once again – the Munich branch of the racist PEGIDA movement marched. In the beginning a politician of the AfD mobilized for a demonstration this Saturday in Geretsried against migrants. Also Heinz Meyer PEGIDA-Munich leader explained how a 75 year old lady according to him tried to destroy the pa system last week, which he tried to prevent and pushed the old lady over. After that Munich newspapers reported about the incident completely wrong in his opinion. He said he believes that the old lady was planning this attack to boycott PEGIDA. After some more short speaches and videos PEGIDA started marching. As a special event the mob stopped at a memorial site depositing a wreath for fallen soldiers in the war against Russia under Napoleon 1812. The connection to the rise of Islam and problems with migration – which are the usual topics at PEGIDA marches – is hard to tell. Shortly after this event antifascist activists tried to block the route and got evicted even though PEGIDA was able to pass by the roadblock.

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PEGIDA Marches through Stormy Munich as Citizens Block Road

As almost every Monday for the past year the racist PEGIDA Munich  movement (ca 100 people) gathered on Odeonsplatz once again November 30th. In general the march was equal to everything seen in the past year. Rolf H. annoying photographers with his flag – getting dangerously close to peoples faces – “besorgte Bürger” [roughly: worried citizens] and convicted neo-nazi terrorists with their followers rallying through the city – new was the ability for a group of neo-nazis to sit down in a big Munich restaurant to have a drink.

PEGIDA board-member tries to gather personal information of journalists
Heinz M. – suspect of anti-terror investigations and PEGIDA board member – tried to gather private information of journalists on site. When colleagues walked into the cage Heinz M. walked up to the entrance and requested to see press ID cards. As neo-nazis are outing “left-wing photographers” on a recently popped up Facebook page the question arises how far Heinz M. is involved in this process. The Munich Police Department press spokesman intervened and pushed back the shouting PEGIDA board member.

Grey wolves/PEGIDA/Die Rechte activist takes pictures of counter protest
Ramazan S. has newly developed the habit not only to take pictures of counter-protest with his smartphone, but to systematically search the mass of counter protest and take portrait pictures of what he suspects to be neo-nazi opponents.

Munich citizens block Schellingstrasse

Shortly after the PEGIDA route turned away from Ludwigsstrasse into the smaller streets of the Maxvorstadt quarter approximately 30 Munich citizens sat down to block the road. Police carried two persons from one side of the roadblock to the other and PEGIDA was able to pass. One PEGIDA marshall could not hold back his anger about counter-protest. Instead of guiding the PEGIDA mob past the roadblock and preventing tensions, he insulted citizens blocking the road and showed them his middlefinger.

Little gallery of the situation at the roadblock:

Neo-nazis hang around in inner city after PEGIDA and get to drink beer at one of Munich’s biggest Augustiner restaurants

As Neonazis such as Petra K., convicted neo-nazi terrorist Thomas Schatt, Ramazan S. and company left the PEGIDA site, the group tried to get close to Feldherrnhalle once more. Munich riot police then accompanied the group away from Odeonsplatz – learning from the events of the past few weeks.

Activists that were later on on-site reported:

The group entered the “Bratwurst Glöckl” restaurant. Riot police was still watching the group. The neo-nazis started throwing things out of the first floor window. Rumors have it that somebody informed the landlord of the small restaurant – the group got kicked out just minutes later. Riot police accompanied the group a little further around and then left telling people on site that there is a bank robbery going on and their presence is needed there more importantly. A group of violent neo-nazis – people amongst them kicking in road blocks & escalating the situation on November 9th- was left straying through the inner city of Munich in a mood as they were not able to drink a beer in their chosen restaurant. Just minutes later the neo-nazis found a place to have food and drink beer:
One of Munich biggest Augustiner restaurants.
The restaurants seems not to support the movement by Munich landlords and restaurant owners “Kein Bier für Nazis“. The landlord was – according to a source on site – told more then once that convicted neo-nazi terrorists were drinking beer in his restaurant. According to the source on site his answer was only that as long as the group does not misbehave he can not do anything about it. No reaction whatsoever – the group was able to have a drink in this world-famous “Bierhalle”.

Some gathered impressions:

PEGIDA Munich – photographer handcuffed

Once again I visited PEGIDA Munich to cover neo-nazi participants and capture footage for my long-term documentary about the Munich branch of the the movement founded a little more than a year ago in Dresden.
[Cover picture:]


As I entered the PEGIDA cage for the first five minutes I was able to just walk around, count participants take some wide-angle shots of the (shrinking) mass of -as they call themselves-“Spaziergänger” [roughly: hikers].  Only minutes later Rolf H. spotted me. Famous from my recently published video “Ich hab eine Fahne!” – “I have a flag”:

Rolf H. first started bothering me, walked around for minutes and then spotted a colleague and me. As we were both filming – here is the video of him bothering us and getting close-up to our cameras:

As this happened a Munich Police Departement press official approached and explained to Rolf H. that his actions were unlawful. Mr H. reaction was to block me from taking pictures few meters further away and explain loudly to the press official that I am an opponent and have to leave. In the end I stayed.

PEGIDA March Blocked 3 Times

As the last two weeks Munich citizens decided to try to block PEGIDA Munich. All three roadblocks were pushed to one side of the street. Only at the first roadblock Munich riot police officers showed their usual behavior of just brutally pulling and/or beating counter protest off the streets. At the second roadblock a Police Chief asked people to remove themselves off the street in a almost funny way – telling them that they might catch a cold sitting on the streets when the weather is this bad. Wen the third roadblock happened coordination by Munich Police Departement did not work at all. An officer was constantly telling demonstrators to remove themselves to their right side. At the same time on the counter protests right side USK riot police lined up and pushed everybody back as they tried to actually leave the roadblock. As PEGIDA passed by the third roadblock I witnessed Petra K. – known from Hooligan structures and neo-nazi marches, attacked counter-protest before – how she was openly speaking about her wish to violently attack antifacist activists:

“…einen Tritt in die Fresse … batz”
[roughly: “… kick them in the face … batz …”

Alongside with that she moved her leg as if she was kicking someone.

No violent neo-nazis at PEGIDA?

Photographer Handcuffed

As PEGIDA re-entered the “cage” a group of photographers tried to follow – police officers instructed us that it has to be enough to document the situation from outside the PEGIDA cage. As all photographers in the group have been documenting PEGIDA on a long-term basis and this has happened before we tried to discuss with the police officers and get them to call the press official. Shortly after asking for this the officers stopped reacting to anything asked and started closing the cage. I tried to document the situation. One official then ran after me tried to grab my camera shouting something like:

“… jetzt nehma dem alles weg…”
[roughly: “…now we will take all his stuff away…”

After catching up with me he explained to me that taking pictures of police officers at all is illegal. At the same time a colleague was taken into custody. Supposedly he offended police officers. He was then handcuffed which is not usual treatment for somebody offending someone else on a demonstration. As I documented the situation riot police officers issued an expulsion against me. This is also the reason why I was not able to document neo-nazis gathering in front of the Feldherrnhalle once again.


My Videoreport from Monday Evening