Nazi violence in Chemnitz, Germany

This 18 March 2018 video says about itself:

German neo-Nazi funeral attended by 800 people

Thomas Haller was a co-founder of the “HooNaRa” (Hooligans-Nazis-Racists) group that was disbanded in 2007. Around 800 people attended a funeral for Thomas Haller, a neo-Nazi extremist, in the East-German city of Chemnitz.

A 12 January 2018 German MDR TV video used to say about itself (translated):

Nazi vandalism in Chemnitz | MDR.DE

Right-wing slogans have been sprayed on the Sonnenberg in Chemnitz. According to police on Wednesday houses in two streets were extensively smeared with swastikas, SS runes and Nazi slogans. Affected was, among other buildings, the facade of a bakery.

The video says that police saw some of the nazi vandalism happening and did nothing. At least one of the slogans called for freedom for Ms Ursula Haverbeck, jailed for Holocaust denial.

By Johannes Stern in Germany:

Neo-Nazi mob rampages through East German city of Chemnitz

28 August 2018

Yesterday evening, some 1,000 neo-Nazis gathered in the East German city of Chemnitz and chanted right-wing slogans. The day before, hundreds of right-wing extremists marched through the centre of the city and chased people they identified as immigrants or refugees. Footage posted on social media shows right-wing demonstrators threatening and attacking people and chanting slogans including “This is our city”, “Get out of our city”, and “Free, social, and national”

German: ‘Frei, Sozial, und National‘. It is a slogan of the neonazi paramilitary gang Blood & Honour.

Ten far-right Chemnitz rioters are suspect of doing the nazi salute (illegal in Germany).

The anti-foreigner demonstrations were called by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and a right-wing football hooligan group known as “Kaotica Chemnitz”.

The right-wing extremists staged the demonstrations in response to the death of a 35-year-old man on Saturday night. The circumstances of the man’s death are unclear. According to police, “several people of different nationalities” were involved in a dispute after the city festival. Several participants then fled the crime scene, and a 22-year-old Iraqi and a 23-year-old Syrian were taken into custody. The two men are accused by the police of repeatedly stabbing the 35-year-old.

On Monday, media outlets reported that the deceased was a Cuban-born German who had “liked” several anti-Nazi social media posts and had made statements critical of the AfD.

The extreme right, in Germany and internationally (eg, the United States neonazi site Daily Stormer) frames the nazi violence in Chemnitz as supposedly justified. As pretext, they claim it was a reaction to murder by ‘Semitic Muslim invaders’ against ‘Aryan’ Germanhood. Never mind that the lethal victim of this apparently non-political conflict fitted neither in their ‘Aryan German’ category nor in their nazi political category.

Both the federal government and the Saxony state government were forced to distance themselves from the actions of the right-wing mob. “What was seen in Chemnitz yesterday and recorded in videos has no place in our constitutional state”, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Monday in Berlin. “We do not accept such mobs, hunting down people who appear different or foreign, or the attempt to spread hatred on the streets. We have no place for this in our cities, and I can say that the federal government condemns this in the strongest terms.”

Saxony state premier Michael Kretschmer (Christian Democratic Union, CDU) said it was “disgusting how right-wing extremists whip things up on the Internet and call for violence. We will not allow the image of our country to be damaged by chaos.” The Federal Commissioner for East German Affairs and Saxony’s Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Dulig (Social Democratic Party, SPD), added, “vigilante justice, speculation and rumour are misplaced after the deadly knife attack.”

These statements cannot hide the fact that the establishment parties bear direct political responsibility for the pogrom-like scenes in Chemnitz. The right-wing extremists have been encouraged by the anti-refugee policies of the ruling parties. The grand coalition of the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats at the federal level, and the various state governments, has effectively adopted the xenophobic anti-refugee policies of the AfD. A system of camps to hold refugees is being created nationwide, mass deportations are taking place, and the media and all the establishment parties are demagogically inciting hatred against refugees.

Recent events in Dresden have exposed the close links between right-wing extremist groups, the repressive apparatus of the state, and the official parties. On August 16, a ZDF television film crew, which sought to film a far-right Pegida demonstration, was detained by police for three quarters of an hour after a demonstrator staged a provocation. The crew had their IDs checked and were prevented from carrying out their work for nearly an hour.

It subsequently became known that the Pegida protester who provoked the incident is an employee of the Saxony State Criminal Police Office (LKA), which has close ties to the radical right-wing extremists. Kretschmer, Dresden police chief Horst Kretzschmar and the chairman of the German police union, Rainer Wendt, all backed the Saxony police and defended the attack on the freedom of the press.

Last month’s annual report by the domestic secret service (BfV), which branded several left-wing political organizations, including the Socialist Equality Party, as “extremist” groups, was closely coordinated with the far-right AfD.

In recent weeks it has become known that BfV head Hans-Georg Maassen has met several times with leading representatives of the AfD, including party chief Alexander Gauland, his predecessor Frauke Petry and AfD MP Stephan Brandner. The latter owes his office as Chairman of the Committee on Legal Affairs of the Bundestag (German parliament) to the Social Democratic Bundestag Vice-President Thomas Oppermann, who had nominated him for the position in a secret ballot.

The SPD’s move to continue the grand coalition involved the conscious decision to make the AfD the official opposition party in the Bundestag.

In Saxony, the right-wing extremist scene has close ties with the state apparatus. In 2015, the State Agency for Civic Education participated in the creation of the right-wing Pegida movement. Numerous leading neo-Nazis stand on the payrolls of the secret services, which protect the right-wing extremists. The latest report by the domestic secret service of Saxony explicitly states: “The Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Pegida Dresden are not under observation by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution or of the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution of Saxony.”

Significantly, the neo-Nazi mob was able to move through Chemnitz almost undisturbed by the police on Sunday and Monday. “Several eyewitnesses report that participants in the right-wing demonstration could move around without police intervention”, the Leipziger Volkszeitung reported. In social media posts, several participants in a left-wing counter-protest reported that they had been attacked on the way home.

It cannot be ruled out that the appearance of the neo-Nazi demonstrators was closely coordinated with, or even provoked by, the security authorities. The AfD, which has close ties to the police and intelligence services, instigated the right-wing mob. AfD parliamentarian Markus Frohnmaier called on Twitter Sunday for vigilante justice: “If the state can no longer protect the citizens, people go to the streets and protect themselves.”

Saxony’s AfD vice-president Siegbert Droese defended the actions of the right-wing extremists at a Monday press conference, declaring, “How this may have happened… I can quite understand.” Droese and Frohnmaier (a former CDU member) both belong to the far-right national (‘völkisch’) wing of the AfD. According to media reports, Droese owns a blue AfD car with the license plate L-AH1818 – including the initials of Adolf Hitler.

Herr Droese chose for his license plate not just Adolf Hitler’s initials AH. The number 18 is a reference to those two letters of the alphabet, and has been used by far right groups to show their ideological leanings, such as Combat 18 in Britain; and internationally.

The neo-Nazi riots in Chemnitz are a serious warning. Ultimately, they are the result of Germany’s return to a militarist foreign policy, which is being pursued by the Federal Government with the adoption of a new strategy document for the Bundeswehr (Germany’s armed forces) and the calls by SPD Foreign Minister Heiko Maas for Germany to pursue a “great power” policy independent of the United States. As in the 1930s, the reactionary policies of the ruling class: militarism, police state build-up, and social austerity demand the promotion of nationalism and racism.

A 24-year-old refugee from Syria has been imprisoned for years, so that the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the right-wing extremist mob, which rampaged in Chemnitz last summer, can claim their victim. The Chemnitz district court sentenced hairdresser Alaa S. on Thursday to nine and a half years in prison for “manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.” He was found guilty of stabbing 35-year-old Daniel Hillig on August 26, 2018, and injuring his companion Dimitri M. in the back. The evidence, said chief justice Simone Herberger (56), justified the harsh sentence, and had removed “all doubts” concerning the guilt of Alaa S. In fact, there is not a single piece of objective evidence to prove Alaa S.’s guilt. Neither DNA traces, nor a murder weapon. Not even a scratch or bruise from the alleged involvement in a fight. Neither of the victim’s friends, who were present at the scene, recognized him as the culprit. Not even Dimitri M., whom he allegedly stabbed: here.

USA: MOLLIE TIBBETS’ RELATIVE: STOP THE ‘FEAR-MONGERING’ A relative of slain Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts has slammed the “racist fear-mongering” from the White House, which sought to politicize the murder. “It is not your right to exacerbate this grievous act by hijacking Mollie and all she believed with your racist fear-mongering,” Sandi Tibbetts Murphy wrote on Facebook. [HuffPost]

Father of Mollie Tibbetts tells Trump administration: Stop using my daughter’s death in racist attack on immigrants: here.

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