Stop Pegida neo-nazis in Utrecht, the Netherlands

German Pegida fuehrer Lutz Bachmann, disguising himself as Adolf Hitler

From the Dutch Facebook page BLOCK PEGIDA! No racism, no Islamophobia:

Sunday 11 October 2015, o’clock noon. Neude, Utrecht

To avoid confusion: there are three initiatives against Pegida. This blockade is one of them. “Laat Ze Niet Lopen” also calls for actions: here.

And the International Socialists are organising a demonstration on Janskerkhof at 1pm: here.

The extreme right group Pegida will come to Utrecht on Sunday 11 October to demonstrate. We can not let that happen! Join us and make a stance against racism and Islamophobia: at 12 o’clock we will block the Neude square where Pegida thinks they can demonstrate.

*Violent neonazis*

Pegida is the new version of “eigen volk eerst” (“own people first”). The group has been founded in Germany in 2014 and ever since it is known as a hot spot for neonazis and fascist activists. Ever since they started, notorious neonazis – among them convicted terrorists – have participated in Pegida demonstrations. [1] In December Pegida members attacked thirty migrants after a demonstration. [2] Pegida still welcomes these people to their demonstrations.

Sunday 11 October is the first time Pegida will try to take to the streets in the Netherlands. Their political line is clear: Tommy Robinson [not his real name, which is Stephen Lennon], founder of the English Defense League (EDL), will come to make a speech (if we allow this to happen). Also EDL demonstrations often resulted in violence. [3] Robinson himself has been arrested multiple times and since September he’s suspected to have attacked a Muslim. [4]

German Pegida founder and leader Lutz Bachmann too thinks he can come and spread his racist ideas in Utrecht. He has always been controversial because of his criminal background [5] and because he thinks it is appropriate to pose as a fascist mass murderer. [6]

And then there is Edwin Wagensveld, who is trying to set up Pegida in the Netherlands. The controversial trader in illegal weapons is known as a Nazi friend and he is the one who tries to organize the demonstration in Utrecht. [7]

Despite all this the group still tries to present itself as a moderate, non-violent group of concerned citizens. On their Facebook page they claim to be against violence, but that’s an attempt to keep up appearances for the media. Even though the organisers claim not to accept hateful language, their Facebook page turns out to be an open platform for outright racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.

*No fascists in Utrecht!*

Pegida is a typical extreme right attempt to create an image of fear of migrants and Muslims. In reality it is groups like Pegida who are the real danger for an open and inclusive society. In Germany, where Pegida has manifested itself successfully, racist and xenophobe violence has become a common thing: this year alone there has been an attack on migrants almost each day, ranging from graffiti texts to arson and physical attacks on persons. [8]

We will not let this happen here! We accept no fascists in Utrecht! We stand for a city where people are welcome regardless of their skin colour, ethnic background or religion. This means a city where the extreme right will not be accepted. To prevent Pegida from gaining but a centimeter of space, we will block the Neude square from 12 o’clock! For this we need your help! Invite your friends and join in the blockade. Together we will make a strong stance against racism, Islamophobia and extreme right violence.

*Practical stuff*

During the day ACU (Voorstraat 71) will be opened as an info point, from 11:00 am, all day long. If things get chaotic, if you get lost, you can always return to the ACU.

Beware: there is the possibility of violent extreme right people showing up. It is wise to chose one or more buddies to team up with at the blockade. Make sure you are not on your own on your way there, and also leave together afterwards.

Check out this Facebook event regularly for more info.

Finnish neo-fascist violence against Iraq war refugees

This video says about itself:

Finland: Refugee bus attacked while entering Lahti reception centre

25 September 2015

Up to 40 Finnish nationalists threw stones and other missiles at a bus carrying refugees outside a reception centre in the town of Lahti, Friday. The demonstrators – one reportedly dressed up as a Ku Klux Klan member –hurled stones and let off fireworks toward the bus, which was carrying up to 40 asylum seekers, including at least several young children.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Nationalist Finnish protesters throw stones at bus carrying refugees

Government criticises group of between 30-40 demonstrators, including one in KKK costume, who targeted bus carrying asylum seekers from Iraq

Friday 25 September 2015 11.40 BST

Finland’s government has condemned hardline nationalists who threw stones and launched fireworks at a bus of asylum seekers arriving at a reception centre in the southern town of Lahti.

Between 30 and 40 demonstrators – one wearing a Ku Klux Klan-style white robe – waved the Finnish flag and shouted abuse at the bus.

Some demonstrators hurled stones and let off fireworks at the vehicle carrying 40 asylum seekers, including several young children, Finnish television YLE said.

A petrol bomb was thrown at another reception centre in Kouvola, also in southern Finland, police said. No one was thought to be hurt in the incidents.

“The Finnish government strongly condemns last night’s racist protests against asylum seekers who had entered the country,” the government said in a statement. “Violence or the threat of violence is always to be condemned.“

The prime minister, Juha Sipila, this month offered to take in refugees at his home, a move that attracted international attention but also criticism in Finland. …

So far this year more than 13,000 asylum seekers, most of them from Iraq, have come to Finland, compared to just 3,600 in the whole of last year. In recent days, about 500 refugees per day have crossed the Finnish land border in Tornio, near the Arctic Circle, after a long journey through Sweden.

A man dressed as a member of the US-based white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan, waves a Finnish flag (Twitter/@syndicalisms)

Anger after Iraqi refugees arriving in Finland pelted with fireworks, stones. A counter-demonstration is planned to welcome refugees to the small town of Lahti, as police consider bringing further charges: here.

British nazi plot to murder princes making Prince Harry king

This video says about itself:

Redheaded Man Convicted for Plotting Terror Attack

22 September 2015

Mark Colborne was convicted on September 22nd for plotting a terrorist attack with cyanide.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Breivik fan’ arrested for plot to kill princes

Wednesday 23rd September 2015

A WHITE nationalist was convicted of plotting to kill Prince Charles yesterday, to enable his son Harry to become king.

Mark Colborne, 37, likened himself to Norwegian fascist terrorist Anders Breivik and said he would launch a gun attack “for the Aryan people.”

He bought ingredients for deadly poison cyanide over the internet, stockpiling dust masks, metal filter funnels, plastic syringes and latex gloves, jurors were told.

But Mr Colborne was arrested in June after his half brother uncovered chemicals and papers detailing his racial hatred stashed in his bedroom at the family home in Southampton.

The court heard the convict felt alienated and marginalised for being a white, ginger-haired man and also suffering from agoraphobia and depression.

In notebooks found in his “very cluttered” bedroom, Mr Colborne observed: “I would sacrifice my life for that one shot. Kill Charles and William and Harry become king. Kill the tyrants.”

If Colborne’s murder plot would have succeeded, then Prince Harry would have become King Henry IX.

The first king of that name since Henry VIII (1491-1547). Henry VIII is infamous for having ten thousands of people beheaded or otherwise killed.

This music video from Britain about King Henry VIII says about itself:

Horrible Histories-divorced, beheaded, died. Song lyric.

Nazi Colborne may have hoped that his crimes would lead to a regime bringing back beheading. Beheading, like also happened in Adolf Hitler’s Germany. And which the fuehrer of the French national Front, Marine Le Pen, wants to bring back.

Colborne seems to have preferred Prince Harry to other royals for having red hair like Colborne himself.

And maybe also for Prince Harry’s taste in fancy dress costumes.

This 2005 video says about itself:

Wiesenthal Centre, Duchess, react to Harry Nazi costume

Around the world on Thursday, newspapers and TV stations reported on the anger generated by a picture of Britain’s Prince Harry dressed as a Nazi.

In the US, the story was headline news for papers like the New York Post and was covered extensively by all TV networks.

Jewish leaders also reacted strongly to the photograph, which showed the prince at a fancy dress party, wearing a Nazi desert uniform and a swastika armband.

The head of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre urged the 20-year-old royal to go to Auschwitz for the upcoming anniversary marking the liberation of the former Nazi death camp.

Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the centre in Los Angeles, said it was “unacceptable” for the prince to disgrace “the memory of the Holocaust and…of those who gave up their lives to defeat Nazism”.

“Writing a prepared statement handed out by Buckingham Palace is an insufficient manner of dealing with this,” he added.

A spokesman at Clarence House, the London residence of the prince’s father, Prince Charles, on Thursday insisted that sending Harry to the ceremonies at Auschwitz was “not something we would be considering”.

German anti-nazi punk song tops the charts

This 1993 German music video is called Die ÄrzteSchrei nach Liebe“. The lyrics are here.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

German punk band set to top charts in wake of refugee arson attacks

Cry for Love, Die Ärzte’s anti-Nazi song from 90s, re-released as part of campaign taking a stand against racism

Josie Le Blond in Berlin

Wednesday 9 September 2015 12.12 BST

A social media campaign has lifted a 22-year-old song mocking neo-Nazis back to the top of Germany’s single charts, in response to far-right arson attacks on refugee shelters.

Cry for Love by Berlin punk band Die Ärzte – a song about a young fascist scared of intimacy – was first released in 1993 during an earlier wave of neo-Nazi violence against immigrants.

The song, featuring the refrain “Your violence is just a silent cry for love … oh, oh, oh arsehole,” is poised to reach No 1 in the charts when official sales, download and airplay figures are released on Friday, said chart observer Media Control.

Cry for Love has already broken this year’s record for the most downloads within a week, said official chart-watchers Gfk.

The campaign was initiated by Gerhard Torges, a a 46-year-old music teacher from Osnabrück with no previous experience of online activism. He said the campaign was his way of taking a stand against racism.

“I was really surprised, I never thought we’d manage it,” he said. “I haven’t got involved with volunteering to help refugees here because I don’t know where to go and I don’t have time. It’s much easier online.”

Die Ärzte, a veteran punk band formed in west Berlin in 1982, have said they will donate all proceeds to Pro-Asyl, a German human rights NGO working with refugees.

“The campaign would have been cool with any other anti-Nazi song, but of course if it’s going to be ours, we’re very happy to support it,” wrote the band in a statement posted on the campaign website. “To all Nazis and their supporters, we wish you bad entertainment.”

Lyrics such as “Because you’re scared of a cuddle, you’re a fascist,” have struck a chord as the German public comes to terms with a staggering influx of refugees and migrants and a rise in violence against the newcomers. The country expects 800,000 refugees by the end of this year and is braced to accept half a million a year thereafter.

Over the weekend, crowds of volunteers gathered at railway stations in Munich and other cities to welcome tens of thousands of refugees, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, arriving on trains from Hungary via Austria.

Police estimate there have been more than 250 attacks on refugee shelters in Germany this year. Last month, 30 police officers were injured in a riot in Heidenau near Dresden at a march by neo-Nazis and their sympathisers against a new refugee shelter.

Hungarian neo-nazi kicks refugee children

This video says about itself:

8 September 2015

A Hungarian video journalist working for N1TV was caught tripping over and tackling refugees as they tried to run away from police near the refugee camp in Roszke, Tuesday.

A video which used to be on YouTube used to say about itself:

8 September 2015

A camera operator for a Hungarian nationalist television channel closely linked to the country’s far-right Jobbik party has been filmed kicking two refugee children and tripping over a male adult at the border hotspot of Rőszke on Tuesday.

Petra László of N1TV was filming a group of refugees running away from police officers, when a man carrying a child in his arms ran in front of her. László stuck her leg out in front of the man, causing him to fall on the child he was carrying. He turned back and remonstrated at László, who continued filming.

A 20-second video of the scene was posted on Twitter by Stephan Richter, a reporter for the German television channel RTL and soon went viral, leading to the creation of a Facebook group “The Petra László Wall of Shame”.

Hungary’s leading news website Index had also caught László kicking a young girl and boy. …

As well as speeches made by the Jobbik leader Gábor Vona, the channel’s website also contains articles with such headlines as “migrants have swarmed all over the shops” and “Guantanamo = Hungary?”

Hundreds of angry comments appeared on the Facebook group set up to condemn László’s actions on Tuesday evening.

‘How can I forgive her?’ Syrian refugee hits back at the Hungarian camerawoman who tripped him as he carried his terrified son to safety in the West: here.

Vile: Petra Laszlo was caught on camera kicking a young refugee girl as she fled with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Roszke

French anti-Semites attack ‘degenerate’ art

This video from France says about itself:

7 September 2015

Vandals have damaged British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor’s ‘queen’s vagina’ installation at the Palace of Versailles near Paris. The graffiti appeared on Sunday and is the second such attack on the sculpture in three months. A series of sentences, some of which were anti-Semitic, were painted on Kapoor’s 60-metre steel and rock abstract sculpture

One of the slogans daubed by the vandals was: ‘A Versailles le Christ est roy’ [In Versailles, Christ is king; archaic spelling]. This alludes to nostalgia to the seventeenth-eighteenth century fanatically Roman Catholic absolute monarchy. And it alludes to twentieth century fascist slogans. In Spain, the Guerilleros de Cristo Rey, the Warriors of Christ the King, were a pro-dictator Franco terrorist group. In Belgium, nazi leader Léon Degrelle called his party, in Latin, ‘Christus Rex’, abbreviated to ‘Rex’.

After Adolf Hitler’s attacks on ‘degenerate’ art … after the recent Swedish neo-nazi attacks on ‘degenerate’ art … now, France.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Anish Kapoor’s ‘queen’s vagina’ vandals and the rise of cultural fascism in France

The ‘abominable’ antisemitic slogans graffitied on Kapoor’s sculpture linked to peak in support for the far-right Front National

Anish Kapoor’s ‘queen’s vagina’ sculpture vandalised again

Kim Willsher

Tuesday 8 September 2015 10.44 BST

Even before Anish Kapoor’s installation at the Château de Versailles was vandalised this weekend for the second time there were concerns that France was in the grip of a wave of “cultural fascism”.

The contemporary work – officially called Dirty Corner but nicknamed the queen’s vagina – had already been defaced this June and was cleaned. This weekend it was daubed with antisemitic slogans, which Kapoor has said will remain on the work as a witness to hatred.

The perpetrators may be, as everyone agrees, a minority in a country that places a high value on cultural and artistic expression, as epitomised by the French l’exception culturelle, but the recent targets have been high profile.

Last October, vandals deflated a American sculptor Paul McCarthy’s massive sex toy-shaped sculpture at Place Vendôme, the epicenter of Parisian luxury. The damaged work was removed.

The vandalism is reminiscent of attacks on Daniel Buren’s black-and-white striped columns, Les Deux Plateaux, which were controversial when they were installed at the Palais Royal in 1985. They have since become part of the Paris cultural landscape, but when they were installed, antisemitic slogans including “Out Socialist Jewish columns” were pasted over walls around the site. Then Socialist Party culture minister, Jack Lang, was accused of supporting “Jewish art”.

Fabrice Bousteau, editor-in-chief of Beaux Arts magazine and a commissioner of contemporary art exhibitions, said that each time a contemporary work was vandalised it could be linked to peaks in support for the far-right Front National (FN) in France. “We saw this vandalism at the end of the 80s with Daniel Buren’s columns in the Palais Royal. These were also the object of antisemitic inscriptions … Buren was shocked, saying it was the first time he had seen such inscriptions since the second world war,” Bousteau told the Guardian.

“There is a minor faction of the French population that is fascist about culture and especially about what it considers to be degenerate art. Most French people are respectful of contemporary art, but these people see it as an expression of France’s degeneration.

“Anish Kapoor has said he will keep the inscriptions, and in the sense that his work is a sociological statement, he is right to do so.”

Bousteau added: “The Palais Royal, Place Vendôme, the Château de Versailles: these are symbolic places in the French republic. The vandals reject contemporary art, which they see as a loss of values. Listen to the FN and you realise its only view of culture centres on the conservation of heritage.

“And each time the vandalism is against a contemporary work in a symbolic place open to the public. It doesn’t happen in a museum.”

Kapoor’s giant steel and rock sculpture, on display in the Versailles gardens facing the palace and measuring 200 feet long and 33 feet high, is a huge funnel, which the 61-year-old artist has admitted is “very sexual”. Shortly after it was unveiled in June, it was splattered with yellow paint. This was subsequently cleaned off.

This week, French president François Hollande condemned the latest attack and the antisemitic slogans sprayed on the sculpture as “hateful”. Culture minister Fleur Pellerin said she was “angry and shocked”.

“This nauseating act constitutes a further step towards obscurantism. Art can stimulate debate, even shock, but should never be subject to destruction,” Pellerin said.

Bousteau added: “What is even more abhorrent about this vandalism is that the Château de Versailles was, at the time it was built, a contemporary experiment.”

“I’m very happy with the government’s reaction to this. As the minister said it is cultural fascism, and she is exactly right. It ties in with images we have seen recently of Daesch’s destruction of heritage in Syria. It’s a war of images.”

In June, the magazine InRocks wrote: “These attacks have nothing to do with aesthetic disagreements; they are part of a long political strategy by the extreme right in France. For a long time, the Front National and its satellites (the family associations, the newspaper Minute, various websites …) have made contemporary art their chosen target. This strategy is wide and varied and uses a large range of actions: complaints and legal actions, public protests, diatribes, caricatures and, finally, vandalism.”

Catherine Pégard, president of the Palace of Versailles, said she was “scandalised” by those who had defaced a work of art by a great international artist with “the most abominable references”. …

2014: The town fountain at Hayange, in Moselle, created by Alain Mila and featuring a rock and an egg-shaped form, was painted blue on the orders of the Front National mayor.