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Neo-Nazi rally provokes outcry in Dortmund

The Local · 5 Sep 2010, 12:45

Published: 05 Sep 2010 12:45 GMT+02:00

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The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe granted an application for the neo-Nazi demonstration on Saturday morning after the court in Gelsenkirchen refused permission on Friday and the organisers appealed.

Police had banned a proposed march after they arrested a 19-year-old man in the Aachen area, fearing he had been building an explosive device. The far right extremist, who is said to have connections to Dortmund, was found to have ammunition in his flat.

After the Constitutional Court allowed the march to take place, the police restricted it to a car park.

Around 1,000 neo-Nazis turned up to the rally, which drew around 15 times as many people in largely peaceful opposition.

Police had their hands full with around 500 of the far-right group who, on arriving in Dortmund, raced off the train and started marching towards the city centre rather than to the car park where the rally was being held.

Fighting broke out as the police stopped them and redirected them to the car park, where around 460 others were waiting.

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Further violence broke out as the police broke up a sit-down blockade of around 1,000 anti-fascist demonstrators.

One police officer was seriously hurt during the day and at least 160 people – mostly counterdemonstrators – were either arrested or taken into preventative custody.

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11:12 September 6, 2010 by Prufrock2010
The nazis demonstrate and start fights and the counterdemonstrators are arrested. What's wrong with this picture?
00:56 September 7, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
Kudos to the 15000 who stood up and to this lot and to the Dortmund Polizei who "redirected" these clowns to where they had agreed to go. It's good role modelling for the rest of us.
13:45 September 7, 2010 by moistvelvet
What's wrong is that 15,000 came to counter demonstrate but all they did was give even more attention to the initial protest. Surely the best policy is to let people voice their opinion, but don't shine a light on them for everyone to see, the counter demonstration did precisley that.
23:36 September 7, 2010 by Prufrock2010
moistvelvet --

In an ideal world you might be right, but the very presence of the neo-nazis signifies that this world is not ideal. Sometimes, as history teaches us, one must take a stand. Apathy connotes acquiescence, and the consequences are disastrous. Some opinions are more than just opinions, as in the case of the nazis. We have seen what happens when these opinions become policy.
01:10 September 8, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, the fact is, I would like to see Deutschland preserve as much of itself as possible too. No one wants this more than I. Yet I know that the approach to achieveing this must be done rationally.

The majority of a modern, Western society will never support an extreme group. Again, most people actually want a conservative government. It's just that they have never been offered the appropriate one. I hope that aspiring leaders in America will soon understand this too.

A misguided conservative government always fails and therefore opens the door for liberlism. This cycle has repeatd itself for how many thousands of years?
08:17 September 8, 2010 by Prufrock2010
What have you got against liberalism, Forrest? And how would you define it?
12:14 September 8, 2010 by moistvelvet
Prufrock, but it was the very presence of the counter-demonstrators that go this protest on the front page, so well done to them, it was an own goal.

I don't really care what they have to say, but I respect their right to say it, preventing them a platform IMO gives them more support, if what they are saying is lawful then what is the problem.
23:59 September 9, 2010 by wxman
These types are better ignored than confronted. When no one gives them the time of day, they tend to dry up and blow away.
11:53 September 12, 2010 by Talonx
@ moistvelvet

I disagree, who are we talking about more here the Nazis or the Counter Demonstrators? We seem to be talkinag more about the Counter Demonstrators. Anyways, could you imagine the uproar if there was no Counter Protest? The anti-German crowd would be accusing all germany of Nazism.

I also believe in free speech. But, Nazis have proven to be mostly about violence against immigrants, non-whites, and so-forth; why should that be tolerated? The police should have been working to protect the community of Dortmund from the Nazis, not the other way around.

@ wxman

I think that strategy definately works, but only sometimes and only when the group is relatively unknown to begin with.
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