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    German neo-Nazis on the march

    By Barnaby Phillips in Berlin


    As part of Al Jazeera's series on the rise of the right in Europe, Barnaby Phillips travelled to Germany to explore the growing popularity of neo-Nazi groups.

    In the small town of Halbe in eastern Germany some of the country's new generation have gathered for march, a march back to old times and back to an ideology of hatred and separation.
    Far-right support has grown considerably in eastern areas of Germany

    Those taking part are forbidden by strict German laws from displaying Nazi symbols but there is little secret where there affiliation lies or that they are honouring a time that most people recall with revulsion.

    The marchers are part of a growing number of the population who dream of what they call a pure Germany, composed only of whites.

    Anti-fascist protesters have also travelled to Halbe attempting to disrupt the march but are forced back by police.

    Racist attacks

    Such gatherings are a dilemma for the German authorities. If they ban marches, they could appear undemocratic, but allowing them may risk seeing support for the far-right support grow, all be it under tight restrictions.

    But the rise in popularity of neo-Nazi groups has accompanied another worrying trend, the increase of racist attacks.

    A report this week in the Tagesspiegel newspaper revealed that racist attacks committed by neo-Nazis and other far right groups had reached their highest levels since the reunification of Germany in 1990.

    The crime rate rose by 14 per cent last year to 18,000 extremist offences according to the report, with 1,100 of those acts of violence, an eight per cent annual increase according to federal police figures.

    In one of the most serious incidents in July last year, far right supporters in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt burned the diary of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, causing outrage among German politicians and anti-racist groups.

    In another incident in the state later in the year, teenagers forced a 16-year-old classmate to parade around school wearing a sign with an anti-Semitic, Nazi-era slogan.

    Such figures and events are alarming, particularly for Germany’s black and African communities with some areas of eastern Germany already no-go areas for them.

    In the country’s capital, Berlin, Al Jazeera spoke to Emmanuel Donkor, struggling to make his way after moving to Germany from Ghana.

    Instead of seeing his hopes of a brighter future realised he was attacked while waiting on a train station platform a by a white skin-head and his pit-bull terrier.

    Political gain

    However in the east of Berlin, the presentable face of the far-right can be found.

    Udo Voigt has been the leader of the National Democratic Party (NDP) since 1996.

    The party has been consistently labelled by successive German governments as descendants of the Nazis but that did not stop its candidates winning 12 seats in the state parliament of the eastern region of Saxony in 2004.

    Emmanuel Donkor says passers-by did nothing
    to help him when attacked by a white skinhead


    It followed that success by winning six of 71 regional parliamentary seats in another eastern state, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern last year.

    Voigt and his followers are quick to exploit the economic malaise and unemployment that is prevalent in eastern Germany.

    For the NDP closed factories and unemployment are opportunities to win over angry Germans.

    Voigt says immigrants must go home and that the German race must stay pure.

    "We German people have many qualities- we are hardworking, courageous and faithful," he says. "But if we mix races we will lose these qualities. Because we will then mix our characteristics with the characteristics of other races- and we are opposed to this."

    When politicians say races shouldn’t mix, the consequences can be ugly.

    Ben Adison knows that. He fled Sierra Leone's civil war but in Germany he was beaten into a coma by a neo-Nazi gang.

    Today he feels alone and says that black people are hated in his town.

    "Its like 'lets kill them, they are not human beings……I will cut your throat'", he says

    The German government plans to pump millions of dollars into promoting tolerance and diversity this year, but at the same time it has also cut funding for several existing programmes aimed at combatting racist attacks such as the ones on Emmanuel Donkor and Ben Adison.


    http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/6E650ED8-6860-4D14-988C-26704A0265EC.htm
     
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    This kind of neo-nazism goes on in the US too. Its not surprising, there will always be nazi supporters, and KKK type groups. Thought, in america, I really believe we are making progress and less people are becoming tolerant of this kind of behavior. I also dont believe our far right is that extreme, perhaps in the past with slavery and again in the 50s with black hatred. We are making progress, though nobody likes to talk about how our current far right conservatives, used to be against black and white schools, black and white water fountains, black and white busses. They were for slavery and segregation. Im not attacking conservatives now adays because times have changed. Though not in germany, apparantly.
     
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    That's totally inaccurate. You can be arrested for displaying a swastika, pledging allegiance to Hitler or denying the Holocaust in Germany. Their free speech is very limited compared to here.
     
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    So thats why the crime rate went up. Well I would expect it to continue to rise, if this neo-nazi era continues. If the crime rate falls, we know that it is declining. Thats exluding non race related crimes.
     
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    I'm not sure who the people were in this article, but yes you can be arrested for displaying certain elements or symbols of naziism. Like extremists in every country, Neo-nazis exist in Germany. But to imply that Germany permits or tolerates this type of behavior is far from the truth. They have very strict laws on hate speech.
     
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    So you blindly attribute Germany's crime rate to neo-Nazi's?:rolleyes:
     
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    Fascism is NOT extreme right:

    That is a pop-culture myth the left really wants to believe:

    Germany today is socialism in decay.
     
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    The sentiment in Germany probably has parallels to the U.S. --- shove multiculturalism down people's throats too much, and they rebel. Multiculturalism is quickly revealed as just anti-white, not "inclusiveness."
     
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    Or you just have a lot of bored, young, unemployed losers with low self esteem who just want to be a part of something. I bet you most of those neo-nazi types join up for the free pussy.
     
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    Freedom of speech in Germany.
    (source wikipedia)
    Germany

    Freedom of expression is granted by Article 5 of the German Basic Law[4]:

    (1) Every person shall have the right freely to express and disseminate his opinions in speech, writing, and pictures and to inform himself without hindrance from generally accessible sources. Freedom of the press and freedom of reporting by means of broadcasts and films shall be guaranteed. There shall be no censorship.


    (2) These rights shall find their limits in the provisions of general laws, in provisions for the protection of young persons, and in the right to personal honor.


    (3) Art and scholarship, research, and teaching shall be free. The freedom of teaching shall not release any person from allegiance to the constitution.


    The most important and sometimes controversial regulations limiting freedom of speech and freedom of the press can be found in the Criminal code:

    * Insult is punishable under Section 185. Satire and similar forms of art enjoy more freedom but have to respect human dignity (Article 1 of the Basic law).
    * Malicious Gossip and Defamation (Section 186 and 187). Utterances about facts (opposed to personal judgement) are allowed if they are true and can be proven. Yet journalists are free to investigate without evidence because they are justified by Safeguarding Legitimate Interests (Section 193).
    * Hate speech may be punishable if against segments of the population and in a manner that is capable of disturbing the public peace (Section 130 [Agitation of the People]), including racist agitation and antisemitism.
    * Holocaust denial is punishable according to Section 130 subsection 3.
    * Dissemination of Means of Propaganda of Unconstitutional Organizations (Section 86).
    * Use of Symbols of Unconstitutional Organizations (Section 86a) as the Swastika.
    * Disparagement of

    * the Federal President (Section 90).
    * the State and its Symbols (Section 90a).


    * Insult to Organs and Representatives of Foreign States (Section 103).
    * Rewarding and Approving Crimes (Section 140).
    * Casting False Suspicion (Section 164).
    * Insulting of Faiths, Religious Societies and Organizations Dedicated to a Philosophy of Life (Section 166)
    * Dissemination of Pornographic Writings (Section 184).

    :eusa_think:
    Not quite as generous as in the USA but not to shabby.
     

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