Date: Wed, 16 Apr 97 11:32:13 CDT
From: Arm The Spirit <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Nazis Mobilize For May Day In Leipzig
Authorities in the East German city of Leipzig have banned a planned
May Day demonstration by neo-nazis organized by the youth wing of the
far-right NPD, the ‘Junge Nationaldemokraten’ (JN).
According to our information, allowing the march to proceed would
result in violent clashes, security official Wasserman told the
left-wing Germany daily Junge Welt.
We will attempt to maintain
this ban at all levels of judicial appeal. But the NPD is
proceeding with its plans to mobilize fascists to Leipzig on May 1st
under the motto
There Will Be A Rally In Leipzig On May Day!,
and the group is already appealing the city's ban. The NPD, hoping
to build on its successful demo March 1st in Munich [when some 5,000
skinheads and former nazi soldiers marched against a photo exhibit
detailing war crimes by Germany's regular 'Wehrmacht' army
during World War II—ATS], is distributing propaganda literature
predicting 10,000 participants in Leipzig.
Plans are already underway for a nationwide antifascist mobilization
to Leipzig. One spokesman for a coalition of groups organizing to stop
the nazi march in Leipzig told the German daily Junge Welt:
We're afraid that antifas outside of Leipzig may just figure
the fascist march will be banned, or that very few nazis will actually
take part. But we are basing our mobilization on the assumption that
the nazis will be able to mobilize just as many people as they did in
Munich, which was a ‘victory’ for them, and that now they
are planning for May Day.
A march by neo-nazis on May Day could be the starting part for a new
wave of fascist attacks on refugees and leftists. But it's not yet
clear if Leipzig will in fact be the marching point for the nazis. The
far-right National Info-Telephone Middle Germany has been saying
Whether Leipzig, Dresden, or Berlin, the mobilization has
progressed far enough that we can count on 5,000 to 10,000
participants. Fascists from the JN proved how flexible they can be
last year, when a planned May Day rally by the far-right was banned in
Nurnberg, so about 200 nazis marched in East Berlin instead.
Berlin's right-wing Interior Minister, Jorg Schonbohm, has stated
he will not ban a planned JN march. Based on this official tolerance,
nazis from the so-called
national-socialist wing of the
neo-nazi scene, groups like ‘Die Nationalen’ and fascists
from the outlawed FAP party such as Detlef Nolde, are planning their
own May Day march in Berlin, under the motto of
Christian Wendt!, the publisher of the fascist propaganda organ
Berlin-Brandenburger Zeitung, who was sentenced to a year in
prison in January 1997 for inciting racial hatred.
Smash The Fascists—Wherever They March!