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(en) Poland, rozbrat: On April 21, we went to the German town of Ostritz to protest against the "Schield & Schwert" neo-Nazi festival held there. [machine translation]

Date Sun, 29 Apr 2018 09:31:33 +0300

Getting to the place was difficult - on the way we went through thoroughly checking police and searching our stuff. ---- Neo-Nazi cars were also stopped, so we had a good opportunity to see who is going to celebrate the birthday of Adolf Hitler next day. The cars on Polish and German plates were filled with people in T-shirts with Nazi emblems. Men and very few women, almost all tattooed in Nazi slogans and symbols, also crossed the border on foot - they slept in Poland. On the website of the neo-Nazi event, it was officially announced that it is worth coming to Poland, and the Polish neo-Nazis will help in organizing accommodation etc. In our country there is no shortage of "businessmen" who have no scruples - on the Polish side, someone set up a booth with beer and on Saturday morning, crowds of neo-Nazis gathered there.

The event organized by the "Recht Rockt Nicht" initiative turned out to be too "peaceful." It was above all a large square where the stage stood, surrounded by stands with drinks, water and tents, under which one could shelter from the burning sun. Everything is tightly surrounded by the police. At the beginning, we were convinced that it was impossible to leave the fenced area and we felt a bit like a cage. After a while, it turned out that the "cage" could be approached on the "catwalk" - a small town square, where the "Peace Day" prepared by the city authorities was held. Tents with beer and food, attractions for kids and many other stands enjoyed considerable interest of local residents. There was no entry for neo-Nazis here. Nonetheless, groups of supporters of national socialism have passed us over and over again, and all confrontations were dispersed by the ubiquitous police in a few seconds. From time to time, a group of people, seeing Nazi passers-by, decided on some peaceful form of objection, e.g. sitting, but usually it did not last long. After a few hours of walking and listening to the concerts, one of the representatives gave a short speech (his text below) from the stage and we began to prepare to return to Poznan.

Both the Ostritz authorities and the "Recht Rockt Nicht" decided for a peaceful but also very passive form of opposition that did not interfere with the Nazis at the same time. It boiled down to simplifying lying on the grass and drinking / eating in a separate area protected by the police. Although the main space of Ostritz was not accessible to the Nazis and they could not walk freely around the city, we lacked a loud statement of clear opposition against their hatred of ideology. Such a form of protest, elevated to the pedestal by liberal milieus and gaining the approval of the so-called civil society does not change anything. As a result, the inhabitants of Ostritz gave their city over to the police, and the Nazis could celebrate dozens of meters from the center without major obstacles.

Still, it's important that we were there. We can not allow us to turn a blind eye to any manifestations of Nazism, fascism, racism, etc. We will always be where the nationalists show up and run. A trip to Ostritz was also a great opportunity to see how the German law on assembly works in practice, which will certainly be useful to all of us in the future. The most important thing, however, is that once again we have managed to mobilize people for joint action! Solidarity with our weapons!

The content of the speech:

"We are here to protest against the Nazis Festival. We are aware of the problem with racism, fascism, sexism and are not the only problem in Poland, Germany or Czech Republic. We struggle with poor social conditions. Nationalism is a child of capitalist system. The natural consequence of capitalism is growing class, exploitation and poverty of people who work for a few rich people in charge. Capitalism make people feel week, frustrated and full of hate. Capitalism makes people fight against others to survive. In the end - capitalism is strongly connected with social Darwinism. The Therefore, fight with nationalism. always go with fight against capitalism. We can not keep our shutters, but also other social group are broken. We are in this fight. Solidarity is our weapon! Fuck nazism, fuck racism, fuck sexism and fuck capitalism. Allerta allerta antifasista! "

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