Friday, May 1, 2015

Munich National Socialism Documentation Center Dedication

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On May 30th, the National Socialism Documentation Center (National Sozialismus Dokumentationszentrum) in Munich was dedicated after a long planning and building process, along with objections by far and radical right wing groups.

One such group, die Rechte ("the right", a neonazi political party) made rather bold legal maneuvers after the permission to demonstrate against the opening of the NS-Zentrum was rescinded by the Munich Kreisverwaltungsreferat. Mere hours before the demo was to take place, they brought a counter complaint against the city to the Bavarian courts and were allowed to hold a rally just around the block from the America House at Karolinenplatz during the dedication ceremonies.

Only ten neonazis showed, along with a rather impressive mobilization of peaceful protestors from the city from all levels of society- concerned citizens, students, and so on. The speeches were typically die Rechte; long, rambling, boring, spittle and conspiracy theory infused at points, and unfocused. The demonstration, rather shockingly, ran for more than two hours.

Additionally, Maria Frank of die Freiheit (a populist party in Munich originally behind Bagida and now seemingly ejected from its organization team) was handing out flyers under her own imprint on Barerstrasse. She eventually mixed with the protestors, who remained peaceful and friendly as both sides made fun of one another. This contrasts with the violent image the various Bavarian extreme-right groups present of the local protestors (while the right commits violent acts itself).

At points, Peter Meidl was seen being chastized harshly by Victoria G., later by Philipp Hasselbach. Roland Wuttke, a prominent figure in this scene that moves from rival nazi group to rival nazi group, grabbed a journalist taking photos. Victoria G. also made physical contact with and lunged for another journalist.

Alternative for Germany rally here
Montags (the last Bagida rally before an extended pause) here
Further Escalation here
Conflict in the Old Botanical Garden (neonazi attack) here
Die Rechte II (same neonazi group as the Keup Street entry) here

Provocation here 
Keup Street Is Everywhere Keupstraße ist überall (neonazi rally) here
More Bagida here
Bagida VII here
Bagida VI here
Bagida V here
Point/Counterpoint (separately posted picture from this rally) here
Pegida Bagida (rally 4) here
Pegida Muegida here
NoPegida (record-breaking counter demonstration in Munich) here
Muenchen ist Bunt here
Kein Mensch (Dresden) Here
Muenster Keinen Meter here
July 26th, Munich here
*omitted was demonstration #3  

Several layers of security had to be passed through in order to reach their demonstration area, which was just around the block from the NS-Zentrum ceremonies and conferences at the Amerika Haus.

Maria Frank, die Freiheit, in playful conversation among counter-demonstrators. The friendliness, at points, is also a dangerous aspect of their strategy.

Peter Meidl, also frequently seen at Bagida demonstrations, now with the neonazi Nuegida group in Nuremburg.
Roland Wuttke with Stefan S., an organizer for Bagida.
Philipp Hasselbach with Stefan S.
Dan E. from Nuremburg (associated with the radical right scene)

Victoria G. making physical contact with a member of the press, then lunging below.

Wuttke attempting to block Hasselbach from being photographed.

Peter Meidl being chastized by Hasselbach and Victoria G.

Flowers left by counter-demonstrators

The "FCK NZS" sticker seen often around Munich.
"April 30: Hitler is dead."

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