The “Anti-Islamification” conference organised by a far right group in Cologne (Köln), Germany appears to have come a cropper. Tony Paterson in Berlin reckons “No British participants were scheduled”, which may be the case, but it appears certain that members of the BNP have gone anyway: Richard Barnbrook, a member of the Greater London Assembly, is one. “The Islamo-Marxists have been up to their usual tricks here in Cologne. Just like they did at the recent BNP RWB festival back home in Derbyshire” moans Richard on his blog. One rather obvious difference is the fact that tens of thousands, not many hundreds, are anti-Pro-Cologne, and Weyman Bennett isn’t the one giving orders. Thus a planned rally in the city centre has been cancelled by police in order to avoid further clashes with counter-protesters, while the poor old rightists are being harassed at every opportunity:
…Police said 40,000 people protested against the rally. It had been expected to attract 1,500 people but only dozens made it.
Most of the protesters were peaceful, although roads and rail lines leading to the centre of Cologne were blocked by demonstrators in sit-down strikes.
But a Friday evening gathering of Pro-Cologne participants on a Rhine River pleasure boat turned violent when stones hurled by leftist protesters from the shore broke windows. There were further clashes between small numbers on both sides on Saturday.
Left-wing demonstrators blocked a rail line which a group of 150 right-wing activists were using to travel into the city centre from the airport, police said…
…and ‘No Beer for Nazis’!
Meanwhile, around 150 bars in Cologne stopped selling Pro-Koeln members the local Kolsch beer with some taxi and bus drivers also refusing to transport delegates to the congress.
One hotel even cancelled bookings made by “undesirables.”