I wanted to inform PH members that a massive anti-NAZI demo is being planned for the part of Bonn in which I live, namely, Bonn-Beuel.
Before anyone feels like shooting-free with comments, let me first explain exactly what is happening and why this is complex. And then feel free to shoot with comments
The NAZI party has been banned in Germany since the founding of the Republic in 1945. But now and then again, extreme right-wing ultranationalistic parties that are truly neo-nazi parties spring up in relatively small groups and then appear before a judge to get to be allowed to march in this or that city. You may remember the American Nazi march that happened in Skokie, Illinois in 1977 and 1978. This case is something similar.
Bonn is the former capitol city of Germany. It was the capitol city of West Germany until the wall fell in 1989 and remained the capitol of a united Germany until 1999, where the seat of government was moved to Berlin, piece by piece. Bonn is one of the most peaceful, most racially and ethnically mixed cities in all of Germany. Bonn is a perfect target for people who want to spread hate.
The NAZI scumbags tried a march in a surburb of Bonn called "Duisdorf" in 2008. Immediately, a coalition of groups organized themselves to protest the NAZI march and do everything legal to hinder the march, including standing directly in the way of the NAZIs. I was there on that day in July 2008 and helped to block the NAZIs.
Something similar will be happening on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, in Bonn-Beuel. The NAZIs will appear and will try to march, and if history is our guide, more than 20 times as many people will appear to block those pigs at every turn. And I will be one of those people.
The Nazis give themselves new names every year: last time around, they called their group the "anti-war group" and blamed America and the jews (of course, as always) for all of the misery in the world. Yes, it is very Orwellian what this pigs do.
Here is the website called "Bonn stellt sich quer" (Bonn resists). It is in German, but if you go to it, you will still get the point. At the website is a youtube video that is a call to arms for all who are anti-nazi to gather in Bonn on Tuesday to block the NAZI march. Here is the video:
There is also a video at the website where the Bonn Baskets (a pro Basketball team) also are against the nazis. They have a very telling graphic worth republishing:
There is also a FACEBOOK page over the anti-demo. If you want to stand in solidarity with us, even if just over the internet, feel free to post on that Facebook page.
In both 2010 and 2011, 12,000 anti-nazis blocked the main Train station in Dresden and the 6,000 NAZIS who tried to get to Dresden ended up going home empty handed. In 2012, the NAZIs have given up on Dresden and decided to focus on Bonn. Their mistake. They will find Bonn even less hospitable to NAZI pigs than Dresden was!
But coalitions are funny things: there are member groups of this coalition with which I would never, on a normal day, want to associate with, like communists - who I find every bit as distasteful as Nazis. But at the same time, there are groups like the jewish community, the christian community, the major political parties, that are also in the coalition. This kind of thing is an excellent lesson in learning to separate facts: namely, that a temporary alliance does not mean acceptance of all the things that each of the coalition partners believe in.
You may ask why the court is allowing this. The answer is simple: for the same reasons that a US court would allow something like this - free speech. As long as those NAZI pigs don't carry any of the NAZI paraphenalia from 1933-1945 and don't chant any slogans that are forbidden from this time, then they are off the hook. In other words, what we are seeing is an ugly, but necessary side to real Democracy.
I will be reporting on the March and anti-March on May 1st, 2012, from Bonn and will post the videos and photos in real-time over my Facebook page and then later here at PH.