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Neo-Nazi boss to appeal to top court for hotel ban
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Neo-Nazi boss to appeal to top court for hotel ban

Published: 16 Oct 2011 11:43 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Oct 2011 11:43 GMT+02:00

Udo Voigt, chairman of the far-right National Demcrocratic Party, is preparing to appeal to the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in Karlsruhe, after he was allegedly barred from a hotel for his political views.

Voigt's wife booked four days in the Hotel Esplanade in the eastern German spa town of Bad Saarow in December 2009, but the hotel refused to accept the booking, saying that Voigt's "political beliefs" meant that the hotel could not fulfil its aim of "providing every single guest with an excellent wellness experience."

Voigt's legal complaints have been unsuccessful so far, and according to a report on news magazine Der Spiegel's website on Sunday, he is planning to appeal to the BGH next Friday.

His lawyer countered the hotel's decision by saying that other guests could be disturbed by the presence of "black Africans, Muslims and severely disabled people."

But, Voigt's lawyer said, "in a free democracy, our citizens are expected to show tolerance that some people might consider an imposition." Otherwise a democratic society cannot function, "because there would be too many moves towards discrimination, and at the end we have a fractured society without solidarity."

The hotel's lawyer argued that Voigt was demanding "tolerance that neither he nor the NPD extend to others."

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11:52 October 16, 2011 by Johan Fink
Free speech in Germany? Only if you're a left wing fascist it seems.
16:52 October 16, 2011 by Aravinda perera
Works the other way round in the US it seems.. so no point denouncing "left wing fascist"
17:31 October 16, 2011 by Englishted
I have just the place for him a camping trip to the interior of Nuku Hiva in the Pacific Ocean.
21:57 October 16, 2011 by wxman
Today, both the Nazi party and the Communist party have come out, in writing, in favor of the Occupy movement. There you have it, national socialists aligning with international socialists against capitalism. At least this finally puts this silly canard to rest - - ALL socialists are leftists, period. They are for government control of industry and production, while "right wingers" are for less government and a free capitalistic system.
22:11 October 16, 2011 by MonkeyMania
Funny alright how his lawyer is arguing tolerance to others. Making use of the democratic system he wants to destroy. If he had his way his type would be the only ones allowed use the hotel facilities.
01:14 October 17, 2011 by Wobinidan
Good for that hotel. They have the right to deny service to whoever they want, and denying service to a wife of a prominent nazi seems entirely fair.
02:28 October 17, 2011 by jstar100
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11:23 October 17, 2011 by storymann
Maybe they were with in their rights to do so, I am no lawyer but I can understand why they would prefer he seek lodging elsewhere.
13:03 October 17, 2011 by AbhilashD
Even though he is a scumbag, is it right to deny him lodgings in a democratic free country?
13:16 October 17, 2011 by LecteurX
Was this hotel some sort of public institution legally bound to equal service to all, or privately owned business which can choose to seal a contract with customers of its choice? It's up to the hotel's view whether the quality of its service deteriorates if it offers lodging to a high-profile neo-nazi figure or a close relative of that person, or whatever other reason, relevant or not.

"His lawyer countered the hotel's decision by saying that other guests could be disturbed by the presence of 'black Africans, Muslims and severely disabled people.' "

How sweet. But I think someone with many years' experience managing a hotel will have a more relevant professional opinion on this particular matter, than the lawyer.

@ AbilashD - It may not be "right", but then neither is it wrong. That kind of story happens EVERY WEEKEND, if not every day, when bouncers arbitrarily decide not to let young (or not so young) party-goers enter whatever night-club. Sometimes it's blatant discrimination, sometimes it's not (think "Berghain"). That's how it is: nobody's gonna force a Disko to let everybody in. Does The Local run a story every time it happens? I think not. So why would the hotels now be forced to let Mrs NPD in if they don't want to. It's a privately run hotel, for Chrissake, not a charity or a hospital or some institution.
13:21 October 17, 2011 by frankiep
Die Linke and the NPD.....two sides of the same poisonous, extremist coin.
23:04 October 17, 2011 by internationalwatch
everybody bark at everybody because you ARE born to bark and bite!

what a low life some folks live by sticking to hateful meaningless ideology!

As a result these miserable folks miss the luxury of life that immigrants or German with immigrant background do know how to enjoy, smart ain't it..

What a waste of OxYgEn SpAcE these folks are, plastic industrial robotic freaks, no passion no real feelings just standard statements and failed efforts to exhibit perfection!

Oh this country has turned me into a smart philosopher, oh how beautifully I love to enjoy the luxury, spa and positive side of life by ignoring these freaks!

Oh how much I love to drive my BMW and listen to Eminem!
00:41 October 18, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
A person's rights in Germany are assured only if that person agrees with the beliefs of the common majority, or deemed "acceptable" by the political climate at the time. That's what democracy is all about, right?
05:56 October 18, 2011 by solsscriptura
I do not agree with the guy's politics at all, but the deny the room thing is complete crap. Bet the hotel guy demands his rights wherever he goes.

@Jack Kerouac - Yeah - just like it is in the United States.
00:56 October 19, 2011 by vonSchwerin
I find his politics deeply offensive, but if he's just going to the hotel to mind his own business and not going to engage in political activity, I don't think the hotel should bar him. Sure, if he was handing out NPD flyers to guests or yelling at black guests, kick him out. But if he's there in a private and quiet capacity, they should let him book and use a room.
00:56 October 19, 2011 by jstar100
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