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Injuries and arrests as neo-Nazi march stopped in Berlin

The Local · 15 May 2011, 10:43

Published: 15 May 2011 10:43 GMT+02:00

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According to the police, at least 110 Neo-Nazis met at the Mehringdamm U-Bahn station in western Kreuzberg – a district traditionally inhabited by people of Turkish descent, though now a trendy tourist-haven and increasingly sought-after area code.

The neo-Nazis had gathered under the banner "Truth will set you free", and had intended to march around a kilometre south into the Tempelhof area. The police say around 350 people arrived to stop the demonstration.

One eye-witness said, "What I saw happen was 150 neo-Nazis prevented from marching by at least three times as many protesters on the anti-side, to the point where the neo-Nazis not only couldn't march, but had to be escorted by police into the U-bahn, for their safety."

Fights broke out, with several fireworks being set off, and several people were injured, including seven police officers. There were also a handful of arrests. The neo-Nazis were driven back into the U-Bahn station, where they reportedly attacked passengers.

A police spokesman declared the demonstration - which had been registered by an individual, rather than an organization – over at 1pm. Following that, several fights broke out between smaller groups until the neo-Nazi demonstrators were finally isolated and escorted away by police.

The Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Green Party said the demonstration had been successfully stopped by the anti-Nazi protesters, and criticized the police for only making the plans of the demonstration public on Friday.

"It's a political scandal when the Berlin police holds back information about a Nazi march," said Katrin Schmidberger, of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Green party, adding that not even the district's Green party mayor had been informed. She also condemned the police's use of pepper spray against peaceful demonstrators.

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13:46 May 15, 2011 by pseu
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15:59 May 15, 2011 by wood artist

I don't think the problem is limited to Germany. In the US, politics are becoming more and more extreme, with a complete absence of any willingness to compromise. In fact, according to the Speaker of the House, "Compromise" is no longer a proper word. They are allowed, however, to talk about "common ground."

When everyone takes their own ball and goes to their own corner, nobody gets to play. Sad...but true.

16:46 May 15, 2011 by FIUMAN
Nazis are the enemy of civilized people everywhere. Kudos to the German government and the Stadt Berlin for taking a stand against Nazism.
18:00 May 15, 2011 by Jazzineva
I'm pleased these hateful Nazis were stopped. They disgust me but they can also be scary. It takes courage to confront them and thank you to all who did.
18:44 May 15, 2011 by nemo999
it could only have been better if their banner had said

"Work shall set you Free"
22:00 May 15, 2011 by JPaul
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06:06 May 16, 2011 by Katzerina
Uhm.... Jpaul, not sure if you're aware, but the neo-nazi's/ nazi's are extremely anti-capitalist. They don't have a problem with social welfare...just social welfare going to foreigners. They're racist socialists, that's all.
08:21 May 16, 2011 by Ludinwolf
well set, "work shall set you Free" nemo.

It can happen to have an economic crash, and that would be due the world most economical powerful nattion s influence.

What do neo nazi do for the economy? are they willing to show germany that they can do all the work here needed and keep the wealth at the current level? or is a bunch of drinkers, haters, pudim heads that have not a clue about the present world and human rights?what these poo p heads think? that the entire country should be full of them only? they are like territorial animals that cant live in pieace inches away from their grass... well, but they are animals.

sick ppl.
09:02 May 16, 2011 by StoutViking
Now now, no need to insult animals...

But indeed, most of them are unemployed "beer Nazis".

There is a welfare problem in Germany, there is a problem of non-integrated immigrants in Germany, as well as immigrant related crime and yes, racism is not only a white people's trait, many immigrants express hostility towards their hosts on a racial level. There are schools where German kids are afraid to go to, and Jews are attacked too. But it appears to be that it's a taboo to speak about it, and when no one "adequate" addresses these isssues, it's the nazis who hop on that hoetrain.
09:48 May 17, 2011 by erkan
Thank you very ,very much to the protesters that stopped those

Nazi Apes from marching
11:25 May 17, 2011 by Angry Ami
Well the march was registered by a NPD member, and of course you'd think the Berlin PD would be smart enough to know that all the skinhead homies would join in by using social media tech to communicate, which is exactly what they did, so this "one man march" turned into a more than a hundred strong show of solidarity,

and then the BIG fail, that the PD didn't make the event public, so imagine you're over there just hanging out or having a coffee, and out of nowhere a NN demo, that's a scandal, and then in spite of the fact that there were at least 600 cops there, some stupid field commander let's 110 of the skins walk through the Mehringdamm station, flanked by 50 cops, the intention to escort them to the train and out of the area, well guess what the skins did, they overran the cops and ran out of the exit on the other side of the street where they commenced fighting with the left wing antifa protesters, good move, and the commander's explanation for this major fumble, "we did not expect them to be prepared to act so violently", are you joking? that guy should be fired, so once again, the Berlin PD doing what they do best, screwing up.
17:06 May 17, 2011 by MfromUSA
The German public citizen is more competent than the police in dealing with neo-nazi fools. Well, at least the citizens are doing their jobs well. I think that germany needs to consider making it illegal for neo-nazi behavior, rhetoric, symbols, etc......PERIOD! To hell with the rights of these dangerous punks having freedom of expression. This expression is nothing but HATE
19:14 May 17, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
I agree, these neo-nazi are nothing but hateful people. Isn't it ironic that they are exercising their right to protest in the name of a political agenda that takes those freedoms away? Neo-nazis are ignorant and need to wake up from this campaign of hate.
19:21 May 17, 2011 by DOZ
00:13 May 18, 2011 by crm114
as one of its first measures, the nazi regime shut down all opposition and free speech. You might not agree with the opinions of the protesters here but they should be free to voice their opinion. Where it not for the complacency of almost all western european governments and much of the media towards its citizens genuine concerns about among other things immigration, then neo-whatever groups will continue in the ascendency, banning them plays right into their hands.
02:28 May 18, 2011 by rwk
The Nazis love to fight, and so many Germans are all too willing to give them the fight. Antifas and the rest. I am not saying they should be ignored, but decorum must be maintained. Also, don't assume that some symbol which was used by the Nazis continues to signify Nazi sympathies in the modern age (i.e. runes).
08:27 May 18, 2011 by MfromUSA

It may be dangerous to take away free speech,but in a case such as this, the entire world can see the extreme harm done by these people. HATE speech should not be protected as FREE speech.

These punks are ignorant, angry and dangerous.

These punks can voice their opinions WITHOUT doing so as a neo-nazi!!!!

There is a tremendous difference...........

We need not be so blinded by attempts to protect rights that we cannot see that we are protecting evil which exploits the fact that "free speech" is protected.
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