Listening to : The Movement…
- “The senior officer had told us that he had received intelligence that the communists… were arranging an ambush for us. So he felt it best to avoid a confrontation which would result in violence, and [asked] for us to leave… We were tremendously pleased, afterwards, that no arrests had occurred and that none of us had been physically assaulted. We had avoided identification, too”. ~ Pseudonymous fascist on the subject of a protest by a neo-Nazi group at the Sydney APEC summit, September 8, 2007
East German police face neo-Nazi inquiry
September 15, 2007
A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry has been launched in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt into allegations that police failed to deal effectively with neo-Nazi attacks. A spate of crimes, including racially-motivated assaults, has left some politicians worried about their region’s reputation. Last month, a group of Indians were attacked in the small town of Muegeln in the neighbouring state of Saxony and in June, police in Saxony-Anhalt came under fire over their response to an attack on a troupe of actors [because they were dressed like punks]. The inquiry will focus on the police leadership in the city of Dessau-Rosslau. Several newspapers have quoted an officer there as advocating “turning a blind eye” to right-wing crimes. Far-right violence is on the rise in Germany. Last year, it reached its highest level since reunification in 1990. Groups who work with crime victims have long said that the country’s right-wing culture is institutionalised and criticise police and prosecutors for being slow to bring cases to court. “We must follow up every suspicion that civil servants or police officers are not fighting right-wing extremism and crimes properly,” Gudrun Tiedge, a Left Party representative in the Saxony-Anhalt parliament, said yesterday. The investigation, expected to take about 18 months, will look at six cases, including reports of police in one town refusing to record race crimes against asylum seekers from Burkina Faso. It will also examine the attack on the 14 actors in June in Halberstadt. Officers failed to arrest a suspect who returned to the scene while the victims were being questioned.
Meanwhile, in Melbourne, a neo-Nazi venue in Fitzroy, The Birmy, continues to receive the active support of local (fashion) punks. On September 29, three bands — No Idea, Sewer Cider and The Worst — are scheduled to play a free gig for the other (fashion) punks expected to make their way to the hotel on their hands and knees as part of the annual punk pub crawl. Two of the bands — No Idea and The Worst — have been rewarded for scabbing by being selected to support DOA when they play The Arty on October 19. DOA, incidentally, have just released a DVD called ‘Smash the State’. Says Joey Shithead: “I really wanted people to see the original version of D.O.A. performing. You know, the completely raw band that went out and took on the world. So I gathered together some of the best footage I could find and came up with Smash the State. Most of the footage is taken from shows in San Francisco and the East Bay. This makes a lot of sense, as San Francisco became D.O.A.’s home away from home in the late seventies and into the eighties.” Ironically, this afternoon, during the course of a conversation regarding the neo-Nazi presence in Melbourne and the scabs who support it, I discovered that one of my comrades from Melbourne actually played with Joey pre-1978…
On a brighter note, Sydney band Vae Victis has declared its support for the boycott, and soon other bands will be joining them.
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Boneheads On The Rise In Russia
September 13, 2007
Against the bucolic backdrop of this summer’s Russian landscape, a shocking video emerged on the Internet. Under a large banner decorated with a swastika, two men dressed in camouflage are seen performing an apparent execution: First, they bind and gag their two victims, then one is beheaded and the other is shot. One victim was identified as being from the mainly Muslim Dagestan region and the second from ex-Soviet Tajikistan. The purported execution video was posted on the Internet, but removed less than 24 hours later…
Sociologists at the Levada research center say they have not seen such an upsurge of ethnic violence like this since the 1980s. One particular attack grabbed headlines. Two women, one from Azerbaijan and one from Kazakhstan, were attacked on the streets of St. Petersburg in February 2006. Police say the pair were stabbed repeatedly by boneheads as they shouted: “Russia for Russians.” Less than a month later, a 22-year-old Kurd was stabbed to death and his sister was seriously injured, once again by boneheads, according to authorities. These were attacks in a series of violent incidents that have occurred in and around Moscow over the last three years. Sadly, experts say, there’s no sign of the aggression subsiding. According to the latest statistics from the Sova Research Center, a Moscow-based human rights organization, more than 300 people were victims of racist and neo-Nazi crimes in the first six months of 2007; 37 of these resulted in fatalities…
Rise of far right alarms Germans
September 13, 2007
News that the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) is nudging ahead of the mainstream Social Democratic Party (SPD) in the east German state of Saxony has shocked many Germans. According to a recent opinion poll by the Forsa Institute, support for the neo-Nazi NPD is at 9%. The poll suggests that the SPD would pick up only 8% of the vote if there were regional elections, while the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) would still maintain a clear lead at 39%. The main losers are the Social Democrats, whose support has shifted to the new Left Party, at 27%…
With many far-right gangs, known as Kameradschaften, operating freely in towns and villages, some politicians have once again demanded that the NPD should be banned. SPD leader Kurt Beck said he was going to put together a new legal initiative designed to outlaw the NPD…
Note that the model of the Kameradschaften is precisely the one being utilised by the far right gang that appeared in Sydney at the APEC summit. (Note also that the group’s chief theoretician, Welf Herfurth, is a former member of the NPD.) For further background on the attempted appropriation of youth and dissident culture by neo-Nazis see When Nazis Go Pop:
Stealing the Symbols — Occupying the Radical Left
Into those trend fits the adaption of former left-wing symbols: There are right-wing people nowadays wearing t-shirts with Che Guevara on, the (Palestinian) Kafiya-scarf and unobtrusive clothes popular at antifascists: sneakers, jeans, plain Carhartt jackets and baseball caps. This is a strategy used by the far-right trying to copy the autonomous left scene. They call themselves “autonomous nationalists” and adopt even left paroles like “smash capitalism” from the left. So nationalists use the logo of “Antifaschistische Aktion” (antifascist action); a circle with a red and black flag but calling it “Nationale Sozialisten” (national socialists). Some go even further and take the logo with the words “antifascist action” — pretending they are acting against some imaginary “left fascism”. Of course the intentions are clear: when left-winger are the real “fascists” the fascists aren’t morally bad any more. And also to humiliate their enemys and symbolically taking their power by absorbing their symbols.
That doesn’t mean that these “autonomous nationalists” are pro-left-wing now. One main field of activity is the “Anti-Antifa” – the collecting of addresses and threatening against all kind of left and imaginary left people…
- YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.