Saturday, 2 June 2012
Not to be outdone by their Muslim brethren, ‘anti-fascists’ in Germany have been protesting against hatred and intolerance the only way they know how – by throwing stones at police, blocking off streets and setting fire to the city.
Please excuse the below report's rabid use of 'right-wing extremists'. The writer is clearly under the common misapprehension that only the 'right wing' can be extremist, regardless of who is doing the rioting.
NRK: German anti-fascist activists caused trouble on the streets of Hamburg on Saturday, following a warning about a right-wing extremist meeting.
When German right-wing extremists announced a demonstration in Hamburg, 10,000 counter demonstrators streamed out onto the streets under the banner ‘Hamburg approves of colour’. About 30 right-wing extremists had met up on Saturday morning.
In the centre of the north German city, the demonstration went peacefully. To jubilant applause, Mayor Olaf Scholz cried: ‘We stand together. We are proud to be a cosmopolitan city!’
Threw stones at the police
In Wandsbek, east Hamburg, where there were demonstrations in three places against neo-Nazis, it did not go so peacefully.
The police surrounded around 700 far-left activists and demanded the demonstration disband. The activists answered by throwing stones at the police.
10,000 against 30
The anti-fascists also set fire to rubbish bins and set up roadblocks.
The right-wing extremists’ protest was smaller than expected, with only 30 people turning up.
The police had expected 1,000.
More pictures here.
Thousands of ‘anti-fascists’ riot in Hamburg