• Germany edition
 
Court approves neo-Nazi march, but bans counter demonstration
Neo-Nazis at last year's Bad Nenndorf march. Photo: DPA

Court approves neo-Nazi march, but bans counter demonstration

Published: 13 Aug 2010 08:13 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Aug 2010 08:13 GMT+02:00

The administrative court confirmed its decision on Thursday to exclude the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB), overturning a previous ruling by a Schaumburg district court, which had said there were not enough police there to handle both sides at the same time. But the Hannover court said the some 2,000 officers could at least handle one demonstration.

Because the neo-Nazis registered for permission first, and officials expect violence-prone anarchists to be attracted to the counter demonstration, the far-right extremists will be allowed to march unopposed, the court said.

The DGB called the decision an “unbelievable ruling” and said it would appeal to the state of Lower Saxony’s top administrative court.

Right-wing extremists have come to Bad Nenndorf since 2006 to stage a "funeral march" in honour of Nazis they say were mishandled there between 1945 and 1947 at an interrogation centre by occupying British troops.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

09:41 August 13, 2010 by MonkeyMania
They can do this in the interest of safety, even though it is against the freedom to assemble treaty of the EU. All the same, I think these ass****s should not be allowed to march. Surely right wing extremists are breaking the 'incitement to hatred' treaty. Sorry, don't know which treaty numbers these actually are and don't have time to look them up, but I am 100% positive they are there. Best thing to do in the interests of national safety is to ban both sides.
10:21 August 13, 2010 by 9900lawre
01:36 August 12, 2010 by kabekew

All of the Nazi leaders are long dead. Nobody in the world is worried that "Nazi's" will somehow come to power in Germany. Stop worrying about "Nazi's." That is old history.

Those word's aren't mine but written in recent topics on TL. If a drunk can't salute but a parade can take place, then there seem's to be a contradiction of interest in the law here.
10:32 August 13, 2010 by ngwanem
yeah i agree with u 200% 9900lawre :D

apparent contradiction and even worse because the drunk poses no threat to the society while the neo-nazis have been proven to be extremist and violent...

so why jail a harmless drunk and give a free pass to some dangerous thugs?

what a country!!!!
10:36 August 13, 2010 by majura
I'd be suprised if there wouldn't be a counter-protest regardless of what the court says. You might not get the SPD/Linke/Gruenen and the normal middle-class protesters. But they are known as the Anti-Fa/Anarchists for a reason aren't they.
17:40 August 13, 2010 by William Thirteen
guess the judge needs to brush up on his German history...
17:55 August 13, 2010 by NAE13
Maybe the judge has some serious sympathies for neo Nazis. Someone should look into his motives on other rulings as well ...
18:35 August 13, 2010 by MonkeyMania
@Willian Thirteen

Germany needs to brush up on it's judges.
20:03 August 13, 2010 by Bildad
If you don't like the march, then don't watch. As the article states; the anarchistic left is endlessly more prone to violence than the right. This is rarely pointed out and kudos to The Local for stating it.
20:37 August 13, 2010 by 9900lawre
Who is worse is not the big shock here. I hold every person from the Politzi to the court who stood by and let this happen as responsible as those who stood by so many years ago. Small sparks make big fires and everyone present seemed to have been trapped by the flames trance.

"Lest we forget?" B"LL0$
22:21 August 13, 2010 by Ducano
If we removed the conditions,that make Nazism attractive,Nazism would die on the vine.It seems to me,that this whole thing about Nazism is a diversionary tactic to have people focus on it,so other groups,as bad or even worse can do their own thing unnoticed.The Nazis are made to look so bad,evil and mean,that anything else becomes virtuous in comparison,from the Korean war,through the Vietnam war,through the cold war,through the Iraq war,through the Afghanistan and Pakistan war and the ridiculous build-up of hatred and fear towards Iran,which the blood-thirsty warmongers want to rob blind as well after rendering Iraq helpless.The insatiable capitalist beast knows no bounds nor morals.And what is the common denominator in every war?Exactly,religion.Instead of a blessing it is a curse.Politics and religion are in a symbiotic relationship.The one cannot survive without the other and neither shrinks back from the most cruel methods to satisfy their thirst for greed and power.History is full of proof of that.
22:51 August 13, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
Ducano is correct.

No one takes these idiots seriously in any case. So, let them march and have their freedom of speech; yes, make sure they can march without being accosted by counter-protesters - that's just normal policing, and there is no difference in what the ideology is here. Let them spout there stupidity; everyone will stop listening as soon as we stop paying attention to them.

Complete non-issue.
00:49 August 14, 2010 by deutschamer
".And what is the common denominator in every war? Exactly,religion"

That's laughable. Both Hitler and Stalin were atheists. And don't try to tell me Hitler was Catholic. That's even more laughable.

What religions were WWI about? Germany was both Catholic and Lutheran.

What religions were WWII about?

Even wars that were allegedly about religion were always about politics. Religion was only used as an excuse.
20:47 August 15, 2010 by jamesvik
There is much more to fear from the left wing extremists than the right.
23:08 August 15, 2010 by Wise Up!
Finally, a judge says what everyone knows! It's the left wing extremists that are now the real threat of violence and have been so for a long time.

Besides both of these groups are 2 sides of the same coin. Communism and National Socialism were never enemies but rather competition. No diffrence in philosophy between them! And both are accountable for the deaths of millions.
22:18 August 16, 2010 by wxman
9900lawre kind of makes the point I did the other day about the homeless guy. Be consistent, at least. Also, the best way top make more of something undesirable is to restrict it. It's human nature to push back. Ignore them, and they will go away.
Today's headlines
Court: Germany can keep arms deals secret
The judges of the Supreme Court announce their decision about weapons exports on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Court: Germany can keep arms deals secret

The government can keep arms deals secret and only tell the public about them after contracts have been signed, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. READ  

Cash returned after bakery mix-up

Cash returned after bakery mix-up

Just how honest would you have to be to return €7,500 that you found in a box supposed to contain your favourite cheesecake? READ  

Expat's family battles for answers four years on
Matthew Fitzpatrick died in 2010 in Mannheim. Photo: Fitzpatrick family

Expat's family battles for answers four years on

In 2010 an Irish computer engineer was found dead in his apartment in Baden-Württemberg. Four years on, his family are still pressing the German justice system for answers. They feel badly let down by police who they say have refused to examine evidence of foul play. READ  

Tanker fills up gas station with wrong fuel
Photo: DPA

Tanker fills up gas station with wrong fuel

Around 160 car owners are stuck after a gas station's storage tanks were filled with the wrong fuel, causing an estimated €100,000 in damage. READ  

Lufthansa strike hits 1,500 flights
Photo: DPA

Lufthansa strike hits 1,500 flights

UPDATE: In the second day of their strike, Lufthansa pilots have, as promised, extended their industrial action to include long-haul international flights until the end of Tuesday. READ  

Merkel tells allies to pay Ukraine's gas debts
Chancellor Angela Merkel in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Monday. Photo: DPA

Merkel tells allies to pay Ukraine's gas debts

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Ukraine's allies to help the war-scarred nation pay off its gas debts to Russia, amid concern over gas supplies this winter. READ  

Steinmeier wants epidemic task force
Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks at the World Health Summit in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Steinmeier wants epidemic task force

At the World Health Summit in Berlin, the Ebola crisis took centre stage at talks meant to create plans for how to handle future outbreaks. READ  

Nazi-stolen painting put on display, sort of
The Wiesbaden Museum in Hesse. Photo: DPA

Nazi-stolen painting put on display, sort of

The Wiesbaden Museum was once a collection house for art stolen from Jewish owners by the Nazi. With one painting, they hope to right at least one wrong while bringing awareness to its ongoing restitution work. READ  

JobTalk Germany
'It's only an internship if you're learning'

'It's only an internship if you're learning'

How long should an intern work for without being paid? At least eight months, according to a ruling by a court in western Germany last week. JobTalk looks at the warning signs for abusive internships. READ  

Single parents, common law families on rise
Photo: DPA

Single parents, common law families on rise

The German family structure is changing, with nearly a third of every family no longer living in the "classic model" and big differences in what family looks like in the former East and West, statistics agency Destatis announced on Monday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: Mariana Schroeder
Munich
Hope and chaos at Munich's refugee shelters
Photo: DPA
Berlin
Robbers blow up Berlin bank
Photo: DPA
Culture
Can you top our history quiz leaderboard?
Photo: Facebook
Society
German motorcycle gang joins Isis fight
Photo: DPA
Politics
UKIP ‘seeks EU pact’ with German satirical party
Photo: DPA
Travel
This is the man who has stopped Germany's trains
Photo: Shutterstock
Business & Money
Expats: Should I stay or should I go?
Photo: DPA
Gallery
PHOTOS: World's biggest erotic fair opens in Berlin
Photo: DPA/Shutterstock
Gallery
11 things Germans are afraid of...
Photo: Shutterstock
Business & Money
Which expat foods do you miss the most?
Sponsored Article
International School on the Rhine: a legacy
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The ten richest people in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,471
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd