Monday, May 09, 2005

Berliners squelch Neo-Nazi parade

From today's Globe and Mail —

Neo-Nazis planned a parade through the streets of Berlin yesterday (V-E Day, the anniversary of the end of World War II).

Their original plan was to march through the Brandenburg Gate and past the new Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Legislators had managed to change the route, but the march was scheduled to go ahead.

"By 2 p.m., more than 3,000 black-shirted young skinheads from all over Germany, eastern and northern Europe had gathered" in a plaza. But that was as far as they got. Thousands of Berliners gathered and blocked every street.

"After several hours of waiting, the skinheads marched, in orderly fashion, to a subway station, where they disappeared under police escort underground, not to be seen again."

If only that last comment were true! — not to be seen again!


At 10:24 PM, May 12, 2005, Blogger Journeywoman said...

What a great story! Like the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, like the ousting of that Romanian dictator (whose name I can pronounce but not spell), like Ghandi's and Martin Luther King's famous marches - the people moved en masse to do something strong and peaceful and profound.


At 6:39 PM, May 16, 2005, Blogger Bill said...

Should have been front page news, I hope it was but I suspect not.

At 6:06 AM, May 17, 2005, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

I think the story must have been pretty well buried in the media, though I don't know why. I regularly visit the blogs of several Jewish bloggers, and none of them seem to be aware of the story.


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