March of Identitarian Movement in Berlin Blocked – Far-right Activists Clash with Police

Some 800 followers of the far-right Identitarian Movement joined a rally in Berlin on June 17th, 2017. The demonstration was dispersed by impatient leaders of the movement after counter-protestors blocked the route and it took police more then two hours to evict a roadblock. This led to Identitarians running off, clashing twice with police and then travelling home after only having marched a little more then 600m.


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Front-Banner of the far-right march.

In Mid-April leaders of the Identitarian Movement announced to hold their annual so called mass demonstration with participants from all over Europe in Germany’s capital Berlin. This demonstration followed several rather prominent placed actions such as climbing Brandenburger Tor, blocking the entrance of CDU‘s headquarters and blocking the entry of the Ministry of Justice. Months in advance leaders of the movement addressed their followers on social media to prepare for the march in Berlin. Approximately 800 attended the march. Police decided to partially control participants of the rally.

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Activists line up to have bags checked

Officers checked backpacks and banners. As the movement stated that no other, but official Identitarian banners were allowed to be displayed during the march a marshall also checked some other banners and forced people to keep them in their backpacks. A regular attendant of BÄRGIDA seemed quite unhappy about this and was hissing something similar to ‘…I have never seen anything like this at an AfD or PEGIDA march anywhere…’.
At the beginning of the rally at station Gesundbrunnen Martin Sellner and his followers seemed very enthusiastic. As usual at marches of the IB, there were also quite a few women amongst the demonstrators. Other then the classic neonazi-skinhead scene the Identitarian Movement seems to attract more women – links to articles on this topic at the bottom.

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Women in front-row – according to leaked paper of IB e.g. for good publicity

Only a few of the more then one thousand counter-demonstrators were to see at the beginning as they were sitting down on the marching route and setting up roadblocks quite early. This led to police stopping the far-right demonstration after only 600 meters marched.At the front banner during these first 600 meters: Female followers of the movement. Sellner also proclaimed over speakers that this shows the diversity of the movement and that women can be women with IB. Later male participants ripped away the front-banner from those to scuffle with police. This shows once more that women clearly do not have the same position as men in this patriarchal movement. As the group had to wait for several hours while police was evicting a sit-in a few blocks down the route and some smaller groups that were getting close to the march, organizers started to get more and more nervous. Martin Sellner, Daniel Fiß, Robert Timm and other leaders of the

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Roadblock by antifascists on Brunnenstrasse in Wedding.

movement threatened police in negotiations to dissolve the march if the roadblock was not evicted right away. Impatiently waiting they gathered their marshals and then Rober Timm announced via microphone that he is not willing to bear this impact on free speech any further and the demonstration is officially ended now. This tactic is well know from other far-right marches. Neonazis of the party Der III. Weg have used the same tactics several times e.g. on Mayday in Plauen 2016 – 24mmjournalism was on site: Neonazi demonstration in Plauen errupts in heavy clashes on Mayday
Young male Identitarians from Bavaria and Halle amongst others reacted right away by taking the front-banner and turning around pushing forward towards police. Soon this ended in scuffles. Activists pushed into and attacked police with kicks. The group then partially made it around the first police line. Activists took off running towards the next line of arriving police officers waving black and yellow flags with the Lambda symbol.

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Clashes with police – up front: Activists of the Bavarian division of the Identitarian Movement

After a short stop the demonstration started a second attempt to break through police lines. With activists from the back pushing their comrades in the front into others this lead to fights. The block was shouting ‚AHU, AHU, AHU‘ as this happened. After the situation calmed down a little the group was then allowed to rally back to the station of Gesundbrunnen. A police officer wished leaving activists a good day via speakers.

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All in all this shows the danger and acceptance of violence of a movement that is self-proclaimed peaceful. The tactics used against police were equal to those of other neo-fascist groups in Germany. Lutz Bachmann of the PEGIDA movement was traveling on the truck. Designs of banners etc were painted lookalikes of left-wing demonstrators. IB leaves Berlin-Wedding with very few meters marched unmasking themselves as a violent, neo-fascist, patriarchal and authoritarian movement. No hip young people, just selfie-taking fascists that know how to use the internet.

Links to articles on women in the Identitarian movement – giving a reason why their participation is mentioned especially:

Katja Thorwarth for FR-Online: http://www.fr.de/politik/gender/feminismus/identitaere-bewegung-rechtsextreme-grinsekatzen-a-1111035
Takis Würger for Spiegel: http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/melanie-schmitz-der-star-der-ultrarechten-identitaeren-bewegung-a-1149449.html

And some general Links to good articles about this movement:

Michael Barthel for Stoerungsmelder on reporting about Identitarians: http://blog.zeit.de/stoerungsmelder/2017/06/19/von-postergirls-und-dunklen-rittern-wie-man-ueber-die-neue-rechte-schreiben-sollte-und-wie-nicht_23988

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Blockupy Protests Berlin 2016

On Friday September 2nd the Blockupy movement mobilized to Berlin to protest against labor-laws, austerity and capitalism. More then 1500 activists participated in creative protest all over the capital of Germany. At 7AM in the morning protests started around the ministry of work. Police seemed utterly overwhelmed and not able to handle the situation of activists pushing towards the ministry building. After some violent actions between police and demonstrators one group of activists blocked a street towards an entrance. Another group was forced to move in direction of the ministry of finance where the activists where held for more two hours. Both groups later joined.
In the so called “2nd wave” creative protest took place all over downtown Berlin. A group of activists decorated the jobcenter in Berlin, Wedding with chalk-spraypaint, colorful toilet-paper and a banner. On Berlin Alexanderplatz an international demonstration gathered in the afternoon to protest against the EU-Turkey deal on the deportation of refugees. The demonstration was very peaceful. A pillow fight was supposed to take place in the entry hall of Humbolt university. Police confiscated all pillows and the day of protests ended at 6:30 PM. More then 50 people where arrested on several claims. Tommorrow an anti-racist demonstration will follow.

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PEGIDA Munich – Tatjana Festerling visits Munich [Picture Gallery]

PEGIDA Munich marches once again on August 1st 2016. Tatjana Festerling that made it to newspapers recently for travelling to European borders and going after refugees visited the Munich branch of the racist movement. Her speech in Munich was deeply filled with hatred e.g. she demanded that “…the autochtonal inhabitants of Germany should weaponize themselves as much as possible…” and also said refugees are conducting a genocide of the german “Volk”. Dan Eising affiliated with “Die Rechte” was in charge as PEGIDA marshall during the march. On Monday night this article was published in local newspaper Münchner Merkur. The Bavarian minister of the interior warns that right wing extremists aew taking the lead at PEGIDA. Festerling speaking and Dan Eising as marshall are just two more examples that neo-nazis, racists and antisemits are warmly welcome at PEGIDA Munich.
During the small march through old-town Munich the route was blocked by more than 50 antifascists near Isartor. After police violence errupting two weeks ago today Munich police departement guided PEGIDA by the roadblock. Some activists tried to set up a second roadblock. Riot police officers violently pushed against the group from all sides shouting and screaming “calm down”. The racists march by then already passed for a while.

PEGIDA starts marching again – police violence errupts

After a longer break due to legal issues with the city of Munich PEGIDA marched again on Monday July 18th. The rally started with speaks at Odeonsplatz. At the most 150 participants had come to join the ‘new beginning’. Heinz Meyer opened the rally with the words:

“Der Islam gehört nicht zu Deutschland!” – Heinz Meyer, PEGIDA July 18th
(“Islam does not belong to Germany!”)

Stephano Simon preaches hatred

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A “highlight” of the rally was speaker Stephane Simon that had the opportunity to insult, scream and spread his hate twice during the rally. He kept repeating that he is homosexual and that he found some of the counter-protestors quite sweet and would not have touched them as hard as police officers did. Especially delicate: Stephane Simon used to be a federal police officer. More information on his person and former statements in this article: http://de.wikimannia.org/Stephane_Simon (sorry for the anti-feminist link, but they enlist information about Stephane Simon)
A very remarkable statement by Simon in his first speach was that as soon as “people like him reign” all the people demonstrating against PEGIDA will become refugees.

 In his second speech Simon tried to analyze the attempted coup in Turkey. This ended in screaming, shouting at counter-protestors via microphone and insulting people such as chancellor Angela Merkel and counter-protestors standing near the fence around Odeonsplatz

Dynamo Dresden Hool, III. Weg, BIA and Die Rechte

As usual neo-nazis were on site. Petra K. affiliated with neo-nazi party III.Weg showed up in company of Dan Eising that recently took pictures of counter-protestors in Fürth with a self-printed press ID. Other participants were wearing far right symbols such as a button of the “Europäische Aktion” and the “BIA”. Along with the group was a very aggressive hool from Dresden shouting at journalists and insulting counter-protestors. Munich police departement allowed the group to leave the PEGIDA cage and wander around counter-protest. In the past this has lead to violent attacks.

March and police violence

As the racist mob started walking antifascist activists set up a roadblock. Riot police forces immediately started pulling people off the streets. After one group was thrown onto the sidewalk a policeman punched a girl in the face. According to reports her nose is broken and she had to be treated by an ambulance. A riot force paramedic participated in the eviction. Instead of helping hurt people he dragged antifascists off the streets and pushed them into a backyard.

Video of the probably unlawful eviction:

Two more small roadblocks were set up on the route. PEGIDA was able to march with hardly any stops. Up until  11:30 PM PEGIDA was showing videos on Odeonsplatz, but not really rallying. According to reports only few participants stayed that long and were just eating popcorn.

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Clashes erupt as Turkish nationalists rally for Peace through Munich

All over Germany turkish nationalist mobilized for Peace demonstrations against the PKK and ISIS. Approximately 500 joined the rally in Munich. Clashes erupted as Kurdish activists and antifacists got onto the route and tried to block the street. Turkish demonstrators attacked people standing by and Police intervened. After the event was finished activists of both sides got into smaller fights. At least one person was wounded.

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PEGIDA Munich 03-28-16

Even on christian holiday Easter Monday PEGIDA Munich gathered. Only approximately 150 joined the rally. Amongst the participants were activists of the neo-nazi parties ‘Der III. Weg’ and ‘NPD’. Remarkable was Heinz Meyers speech about asylum politics and racism in Israel. As tweeted by Reflektierter Bengel, he finished his talk with the conclusion that Israel ist the biggest concentration camp of the western hemisphere. 

 This comment is very revealing as there were discussions if PEGIDA is antisemitic. As the march started Karl-Heinz-Statzberger – convicted neo-nazi terrorist – took the lead shouting paroles several times. The now on a regular basis seen flag in black-white-red was carried next to the front-banner today. Approximately sixty antifacist activists blocked the PEGIDA route today. The racist march was redirected and returned to Odeonsplatz.

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Picture Gallery PEGIDA Munich 03-14-16

PEGIDA marched from Odeonsplatz down Ludwigsstraße and returned to it’s starting point. Amongst the mass as usual confessing neo-nazis and antisemits. Approximately 350 people blocked Ludwigsstrasse as PEGIDA started marching back. The demonstration was guided around the road-block.
As the rally returned to its starting point one participant tried to attack colleague Robert Andreasch over a fence and hardly missed him:

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