German Pegida racists’ anti-refugee violence


This video is called Pegida: Hatred on the march. It says about itself:

11 February 2015

In this episode of Observers Direct, we had to the city of Dresden in eastern Germany. Dresden is home to the PEGIDA movement, which stands for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West”. Since October, they’ve held weekly rallies over what they see as the threat posed by Muslim immigrants to … society.

Our Observer works with refugees in Dresden. Julien Pain went to meet him there.

Translated from Wirtschaftswoche weekly in Germany:

Dresden: Right-wing Pegida protesters attack refugee camp

Pegida boss Bachmann always pretends that his followers are peaceful. After a recent “walk” by these critics of Islam, however, rightist persons tried to attack a protest camp of refugees.

After the end of a Pegida demonstration in Dresden about two dozen right-wing extremists have tried to attack a protest camp of refugees. On Monday night the police in the square in front of the Semperoper immediately positioned themselves between the two sides and prevented worse. Of injured people, initially nothing was known, a police spokesman reported in the early hours of Tuesday. In the square, several hundred supporters of the refugees had gathered to prevent an evacuation of the camp expected that evening.

Around 6,000 supporters of the anti-Islam movement Pegida had gone on Monday evening to Dresden. After the end of the rally, about 100 people flocked to the protest camp. While about two dozen of them tried to storm the place, others demanded verbally the evacuation of the camp.

According to Dutch NOS TV, the Pegida attackers threw incendiary devices at the camp, while shouting: ‘Ausländer raus!’ [Foreigners out].

The Wirtschaftswoche article continues:

Despite a ban, in the Belgian port city of Antwerp on Monday night about a hundred Pegida supporters gathered. The police surrounded the demonstrators according to a report by the Belgian news agency Belga. Some people have been arrested. The city government had banned the demonstration as too dangerous.

Among the demonstrators was Filip Dewinter, leader of the extreme right party Vlaams Belang. Also, Dutch neo-nazis of the Nederlandse Volksunie (NVU) had traveled to Antwerp to join the demonstration, according to the NVU Facebook page. Dutch (right wing) daily De Telegraaf writes that 12 Pegida people were arrested, and one policeman was injured.

Stop nuclear weapons in Germany


This video from Germany says about itself:

Manifestation against nuclear weapons at NATO/Büchel 21.04.2014

Alyn Ware (PNND, alternative Nobel Peace Prize laureate) at the last official US American nuclear weapons base, run by NATO and German air force.

From the Büchel Atomwaffenfrei site in Germany:

26.03. – 29.05.2015

Büchel nuclear weapons base (in western Germany, between Koblenz and Trier)

Nuclear weapons are still a reality in Germany. That’s why we are inviting local and (inter-)national groups and activists to express their opposition to the deployment and storage of nuclear weapons through non-violent blockades.

On as many days as possible within a period of 65 days, different groups will blockade a gate or gates of the Büchel nuclear base for one whole day each (or longer, if they like).

You will arrive the day before and prepare for your action with our help: How many gates do you want to blockade? What will you do if the police clears the blockade?

You’ll live nearby (we’ll help you to find accommodation) and the next morning we’ll accompany your action. You decide when to end your blockade and we’ll end the day of action with a joint evaluation.

All you need are 2 days and people who you were able to inspire to join you in blockading. What about motivating your local anti-nuclear group, or bring your Attac group with you, or even celebrate your birthday at the gate?

Every single blockade will disrupt the smooth running of the base. And we bring attention to the issue that nuclear weapons are stored there and their potential use.

Our idea for the action is in the same tradition as “Faslane 365″ and “gorleben365“.

Abolish nuclear weapons – shut down Büchel Airbase

On March 26th 2010 the German Bundestag called on the German government to advocate within NATO and directly to the US that the nuclear weapons remaining on German soil be withdrawn. An estimated 20 US nuclear bombs are stored at the German Army “Bundeswehr” airbase at Büchel. In the framework of so-called nuclear sharing arrangements, German Tornado aircraft are planned for use in nuclear war to deliver these bombs to their targets.

However, the former Conservative/Liberal government and the present Conservative/Social Democrat governments have both failed to effectively put pressure on the NATO alliance to withdraw the nuclear bombs from Büchel. Quite the opposite – not only has the retention of the bombs been tacitly accepted, their replacement with more flexible and precise nuclear weapons has been approved. They will thus remain in operation till 2050. With this, nuclear precision bombs will be introduced into Europe for the first time. These new weapons will endanger disarmament negotiations between NATO and Russia. Russia could call NATO’s disarmament commitment into question and use this as a pretext for further modernisation of their own nuclear arsenal.

The German government’s approval of this “modernisation” lends support to the new spiral of arms racing instead of backing the ultimate abolition of these weapons of mass destruction. And they are ignoring the will of the people, the majority of whom are against keeping nuclear weapons on German soil.

This “modernisation” devours millions of Euros that could be better spent on more urgent problems for humanity.

Nuclear weapons produce endless suffering for millions of people, not only when they were exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki but also through their existence and their production. Nuclear weapons maintain the nuclear chain that continues to add to the number of radiation victims and destroys the very basis of human life. Our response to this is to intensify our protest and resistance directly at the place where these dangerous weapons are stored and where daily training for their use is taking place. Like in Mutlangen in the eighties, Büchel in the Eifel region has become a symbol for military nuclear madness. We want to counter this insanity with our demand for unconditional (nuclear) disarmament and non-violent resolution of international conflict.

Together with you, we will make Büchel a symbol of successful non-violent resistance to nuclear weapons.

At the end of May the Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) reaches its conclusion in New York.
We will bring pressure to bear by blockading the 65 days leading up to the end of this international conference!

Scope of the action

We understand civil disobedience to be non-violent direct action which is not necessarily confined to acts permitted by the state but also can – in a circumspect manner – transgress prohibitions. Hereby one risks or even provokes legal action after being charged with a summary or a criminal offence. In this way, the particular seriousness of the protest against circumstances of a scandalous nature gains particular expression. We will not use physical violence against any person, nor threaten to use it, nor will we use verbal abuse, ridicule or mockery. Our counterpart (police, soldiers, opponents of our action) will be respected, even when we are critical of their role and their acts. This is also valid should it come to legal proceedings against us as a result of our actions. We want to treat state prosecutors, judges and others with respect, even if we see them as a part of the political and legal system we are criticising.

Non-violent behaviour is a credible invitation to our counterpart to refrain from using the violence at their disposal and to treat our action benignly. Non-violent conduct on our part is, however, no guarantee against violence being used against us. Even when we are provoked, however, we will not retaliate with violence, but will remain calm and collected.

We will block access to the Büchel nuclear weapons base non-violently.

German Islamophobes make Hitler copycat Bachmann their Fuehrer again


The image of Lutz Bachmann styled as Adolf Hitler was published by the Dresden Morgenpost after a reader spotted it on Facebook

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Pegida head Lutz Bachmann reinstated after furore over Hitler moustache photo

The leader of Germany’s anti-Islamisation movement resigned in January after the image – which he now says was doctored – went viral

Lutz Bachmann has been reinstated as the head of Germany’s anti-Islamisation movement Pegida, a month after resigning over a photo showing him posing with a Hitler moustache.

The group confirmed on its Facebook page that the 42-year-old had been re-elected as chairman on Sunday by the six other members of the organisation’s leadership committee.

The Sächsische Zeitung reported last week that the Hitler moustache on the now infamous photo had been added after the photo was taken – though Bachmann did not mention this when the photo went viral. …

The picture of Bachmann went viral after it was published by a local newspaper, the Dresden Morgenpost. A Morgenpost reader discovered the photograph, along with what appeared to be a closed Facebook conversation between Bachmann and one of his Facebook contacts, in which he described immigrants as cattle, scumbags and trash. …

The controversy over the Hitler photo and Bachmann’s Facebook comments was seen as particularly damaging.

Bachmann’s resignation in January was followed by an exodus of leading members, apparently in an attempt to distance themselves from openly racist supporters. …

Bachmann, who carries convictions for drug possession, assault and burglary, has continued to speak at Pegida demos in Dresden. At last week’s event he imitated the 16th century church reformer Martin Luther and nailed 10 “theses” to the door of Dresden’s Kreuzkirche church. …

In the same Facebook post announcing Bachmann’s reinstatement, Pegida also welcomed its latest member – Tatjana Festerling, a former member of the eurosceptic Alternative for Germany party who attracted criticism last year for praising the Hooligans Against Salafists demo in Cologne. Bachmann said Festerling would almost certainly be the group’s new spokeswoman.

Pegida has attracted close to 160,000 likes on its Facebook page, which remains its only official web presence, but numbers at recent demos in Dresden have dwindled from a highpoint of 17,000 in January to around 2,000 in the last two weeks.

‘Nazi salutes’ claims as Pegida march through Vienna, Austria: here.

Anti-Muslim sentiments in US are being stoked by organisations and donors – paying over $57 million to demonise Islam, says report: here.