Sighting. Anti-fascist rallies throughout Germany – in pictures

Mass demonstrations against the so-called ‘pinstripe Nazis’ – Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident, or Pegida – have taken place in several cities in Germany. In Cologne, thousands of people stopped a fascist demonstration. (Click to enlarge photographs)

People hold a banner reading: ‘Refugees welcome’ as they take part in a protest against a rally by Pegida in Rostock, Germany | Bernd Wuestneck/AFP/Getty Images

People hold a banner reading: ‘Refugees welcome’ as they take part in a protest against a rally by Pegida in Rostock, Germany | Bernd Wuestneck/AFP/Getty Images

Demonstrators hold umbrellas as they protest in Berlin | Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Demonstrators hold umbrellas as they protest in Berlin | Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

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The Pegida march through Cologne was stopped by thousands of people in a counter-demonstration | Martin Meissner/AP

 

Activists from Amnesty International protest in Berlin | Markus Schreiber/AP

Activists from Amnesty International protest in Berlin | Markus Schreiber/AP

A protester holds a sign reading: ‘Munich is colourful’ in Munich | Andreas Gebert/EPA

A protester holds a sign reading: ‘Munich is colourful’ in Munich | Andreas Gebert/EPA

Some of the 4,500 participants at an anti-Pegida rally in Hamburg | Action Press/REX

Some of the 4,500 participants at an anti-Pegida rally in Hamburg | Action Press/REX

An anti-Pegida-protester wearing a mask is arrested by the police for refusing to leave the street during a demonstration in Berlin | Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Image

An anti-Pegida-protester wearing a mask is arrested by the police for refusing to leave the street during a demonstration in Berlin | Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Image

The illumination of the Brandenburg Gate is switched off to make a statement against racism in Berlin | Rainer Jensen/EPA

The illumination of the Brandenburg Gate is switched off to make a statement against racism in Berlin | Rainer Jensen/EPA

A large crowd of protesters in Hamburg | Bodo Marks/EPA

A large crowd of protesters in Hamburg | Bodo Marks/EPA

Cologne Cathedral’s lighting is switched off to make a statement against racism as people cross the Hohenzollernbrücke bridge during protests | Oliver Berg/EPA

Cologne Cathedral’s lighting is switched off to make a statement against racism as people cross the Hohenzollernbrücke bridge during protests | Oliver Berg/EPA

Protesters in Cologne stopped a march by Pegida | Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Protesters in Cologne stopped a march by Pegida | Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Participants carry brooms as they protest against a demonstration called by anti-immigration group Pegida in Dresden | Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Participants carry brooms as they protest against a demonstration called by anti-immigration group Pegida in Dresden | Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

 

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2 responses to “Sighting. Anti-fascist rallies throughout Germany – in pictures

  1. Anti-immigrant groups miss the point that people don’t want to leave the lands of their birth. Wars and violence have made conditions so horrific they have no other choice but to leave. Their anger is misdirected; it should be toward those whose actions produce the wars and violence.

    • Absolutely. But it is not a matter of wrong understanding or of missing the point. We have to go deeper with out analyses. You have to look at the role of the state, those who are also producing the wars and violence, which many times is murky, behind these groups. In other words, they are not a grassroots phenomena but are set in motion to divide the polity. YEs, of coure, they contain many confused people or who wrongly blame other sections of the people for their own oppression. The state uses the modus operandi of opposing “the two extremes”, of the “extreme right” — or what they are mis-calling “far right” or “nationalists” in Europe — and the “extreme left.” In the late 1940s an Cold War, it was rendered as “two totalitarianisms” while the state represented, in Schlesinger’s concept, “the vital centre,” which holds the “democratic” course through promotion of “tolerance,” “peaceful dissent” or “moderate Muslims.”

      I will reproduce an article about how 6,000 Jews have been brought from Ukraine to be used to promote settlements in Occupied Palestine.

      Cheers!

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