Saturday, February 13, 2010

Antifa Attack Nationalists Assembled In Dresden, Germany To Commemorate 65th Anniversary Of WWII Firebombing; Nationalist March Called Off

Sporadic violence broke out as up to 6,000 German nationalists who had assembled in Dresden, Germany to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the World War II Allied firebombing of the city were confronted by up to 10,000 counter-protestors led by professional antifa. As a result, the nationalists eventually called off their march. Media stories from the BBC, Deutsche Welle, and the Associated Press.

Additional Discussion:

-- Dresden Memorial Rally on February 13 could be the largest NS event in Germany and Europe since WWII, Stormfront
-- Dresden: Its on!, Stormfront
-- Court approves neo-Nazi march through the German city of Dresden to mark 65 years, Vanguard News Network Forum

Sky News video embedded below:

The right-wing march was organized by a group known as the Junge Landsmannschaft Ostdeutschland (Young National Association of East Germany), or JLO, which is supported by Germany's right-wing party, the NPD. A total of 6,000 nationalists, many from other parts of Europe, showed up in Dresden. An estimated 1,000 of them wearing black subsequently gathered at the city’s Neustadt station, hoping to stage a procession through city streets. However, they were immediately hemmed in by professional antifa gathered in the streets around the station to prevent the nationalists from reaching their rallying point. Police then urged the nationalists to cancel the march, saying they could not guarantee the safety of participants along the route. After clashes erupted between the two sides and a busload of far-right supporters was turned back after its headlights and windows were smashed, the procession was eventually called off late in the afternoon.

More than 5,000 police were dispatched to try to prevent the groups from clashing but there were scuffles on the streets and damage to property. Witnesses said that bottles and fireworks were thrown by both sides at each other, as well as at the police. EuropaNetwork reports that many were wounded in clashes. Three nationalists from Hamburg hospitalized in life-threatening condition. Over 400 people were arrested during the last hours. The NPD (Google English) website provides a short timeline of events.

In addition, an estimated 10,000 people organized by a group called "Dresden Without Nazis" formed a human chain on the other side of the Elbe River in a symbolic action originally called for by mayor Helma Orosz.

Many critics of the World War II bombing raid on Dresden, accomplished by three successive waves of British and U.S. bombers on February 13-14, 1945, claim it was unnecessary because Germany was already close to defeat. In particular, German nationalists claim the carpet bombing of Dresden was a war crime and have been holding rallies on February 13th since the 1990s to protest what they call the "bombing Holocaust." The number of victims has been in dispute; originally thought to be around 135,000, a panel commissioned by state officials found in 2008 that the firebombing killed no more than 25,000 people.

Yet although there is evidence that considerably less than 6,000,000 Jews died in the so-called "Jewish Holocaust", no panel has been commissioned by state officials to revise that number downward. Read this account of the Dresden firebombing to get a feel for what it was really like.

It is only since the re-unification of Germany that Dresden, which was in East Germany, has been restored to much of its pre-war glory.

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