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Nazis prevented from marching in Dresden

February 16th, 2010 · post by anon · Make a comment

Every year thousands of nazis march to commemorate the bombing of Dresden in Southeast Germany on February 13th. Every year antifascists have mobilised against this massive national and international gathering of the far right with moderate success, however this year for the first time, they actually prevented the 6000 or so fascists from marching at all.

February 13th is the anniversary of the destruction of Dresden during World War 2, in which 25,000 people were killed. It has become a focus for German neo-Nazi groups who label the event as a “bombing Holocaust.”

After a day of blockades and barricades all over the city, nazi attempts to re-mobilise, scuffles in the snow between antifascists and fascists and police, nazi attacks and antifascist attacks, and a whole bunch of criminal damage, the police forbid the nazi march and they gave up. Over 10,000 antifascists were mobilised by a wide coalition of antifascist networks, despite police confiscating posters and deploying 5000+ officers to keep order on the day.

The conservative town mayor had called for a purely symbolic ‘human chain’ in town, but as soon as that ended thousands went to join the physical blockades all over the town centre.blockade

At some blockades nazis attempting to get to their meeting point clashed directly with protesters. A few hundred nazis also attacked the autonomous social centre ‘Conni’ en route, while antifascists managed to damage a number of nazi buses and cars.

Blockading tactics ranged from sit down blockades to burning barricades and physical confrontation, and although there were some injuries, only 27 arrests were made.

Afterwards departing nazis gathered in Pirna near Dresden and attacked the offices of the German Labour Party (SPD) and flats of “known antifascists”.

The day is being considered a success for the German antifascists that had previously been seriously outnumbered in protests against this annual march. There are a lot of links and more photos at http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/02/446162.html and photos at http://www.demotix.com/news/248366/protesters-stop-neo-nazi-march-dresden

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