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„Sputnik Heimattour“ Katerstimmung beim MDR nach Hausverbot für MZ

MDR Sputnik war am Sonnabend mit DJs auf Heimattour in der Alten Schachthalle in Helbra. Der Samstagabend in Helbra (Landkreis Mansfeld-Südharz) ist eisig – sowohl in Sachen Temperatur als auch in Sachen Stimmung. Die Fassade der Alten Schachthalle, ein ehemaliger Industriebau, in dem an diesem Abend die „Heimattour“-Party des Radiosenders MDR Sputnik stattfindet, wird mit violettem, blauem und pinkfarbenem Licht angestrahlt, davor steht eine Handvoll rauchender Gäste, ein Mann uriniert an das Tor vor dem Gebäude.  Durch den Vorraum geht es in die eigentliche Veranstaltungshalle – und dort ist Schluss: „Die MZ hat Hausverbot“, teilt ein Mitarbeiter des Veranstalters mit. Der Geschäftspartner des größten regionalen Rundfunks setzt die Reporterin der lokalen Presse vor die Tür. Und erntet damit über Nacht einen Sturm der Entrüstung. Auf dem Online-Nachrichtendienst Twitter wurde die Meldung über den Rauswurf innerhalb weniger Stunden Dutzende Male geteilt und kommentiert. Viele, auch ein Mitglied des MDR-Rundfunkrats, fordern das Ende der Zusammenarbeit mit dem Veranstalter oder zumindest eine Erklärung des Senders. Doch der bleibt zunächst stumm. MDR mietet Alte Schachthalle in Helbra von einem Rechtsextremen Begonnen hatte die Auseinandersetzung am Mittwoch. Die MZ berichtete, dass der Veranstalter der MDR-Sputnik-Heimattour für die Party am Samstagabend die Alte Schachthalle in Helbra gemietet hat – und damit jene Räumlichkeiten, die einem ortsbekannten Rechtsextremisten gehören, der im Internet keinen Hehl aus seiner Gesinnung macht: Er teilt dort Bilder von Wehrmachtssoldaten mitsamt Hakenkreuz, antisemitische und rassistische Karikaturen sowie Schriftstücke, die erklären sollen, warum die Bundesrepublik kein real existierender Staat ist. Der MDR erklärte daraufhin, er sei selbst nicht Veranstalter, sondern begleite und bewerbe die Partyreihe nur und distanziere sich „von jedwedem extremistischen Gedankengut“. Vielen reichte das nicht aus. Das antifaschistische Aktionsbündnis „No Halgida“ aus Halle etwa, dass die Veranstaltung in einem offenen Brief an den MDR scharf kritisiert hatte, forderte: „Absage ist die einzig glaubwürdige Distanzierung!“

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When Has Trump Been Accused of Rape or Attempted Rape? Allegations Include a Child, His Wife and a Business Associate

Former Alabama judge Roy Moore appears to be losing his shot at a seat in the U.S. Senate that was previously a near-guaranteed win. This follows numerous accusations of inappropriate behavior, including making sexual advances on a 14-year-old girl.. The allegations arrived during a watershed moment in the country, as victims speak out in droves against powerful and dangerous offenders. But one man apparently slipped through the cracks just before America began this reckoning. Despite facing a flurry of allegations, Donald Trump became president. Trump has been accused of rape and attempted rape a total of three times, once involving an alleged victim who was a year younger than Moore’s accuser.Donald Trump was accused by at least 16 women of sexual harassment and assault throughout the 2016 election campaign, and he still won the presidency. In 1994, Trump went to a party with Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire who was a notorious registered sex offender, and raped a 13-year-old girl that night in what was a “savage sexual attack,” according to a lawsuit filed in June 2016 by “Jane Doe.” The account was corroborated by a witness in the suit, who claimed to have watched as the child performed various sexual acts on Trump and Epstein even after the two were advised she was a minor. “Immediately following this rape Defendant Trump threatened me that, were I ever to reveal any of the details of Defendant Trump’s sexual and physical abuse of me, my family and I would be physically harmed if not killed,” Jane Doe wrote in the lawsuit, filed in New York. The lawsuit was dropped in November 2016, just four days before the election, with Jane Doe’s attorneys citing “numerous threats” against her.
During a court deposition, Ivana Trump—Donald’s first wife and mother to Eric, Donald Jr. and Ivanka—accused the president of raping her in 1989. The private account was described in former Newsweek reporter Harry Hurt III’s 1993 book, Lost Tycoon. It details the alleged “violent assault,” in which Trump pulled out fistfuls of his ex-wife’s hair after receiving a painful operation on his scalp. “He jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than sixteen months,” Hurt wrote. “Ivana is terrified.… According to versions she repeats to some of her closest confidants, ‘he raped me.'” Ivana walked back her allegations against Trump after his lawyers insisted she write the following statement at the beginning of her book, according to The New York Times: “During a deposition given by me in connection with my matrimonial case, I stated that my husband had raped me. I referred to this as a ‘rape,’ but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.”
A former Trump business associate, Jill Harth, claimed in a 1997 lawsuit the New York real estate mogul “attempted rape” and groped her without her consent on various occasions. In the suit, Harth described a violent encounter at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, in which Trump allegedly threw her against the wall of one of his children’s bedrooms before lifting up her dress. “It was a shocking thing to have him do this, because he knew I was with George [her partner], he knew they were in the next room,” she recalled in an October 2016 interview with The Guardian. “How could he be doing this when I’m there for business?” In the pre-election interview, Harth maintained her allegations against Trump despite having withdrawn her lawsuit against him after he settled a separate suit her partner filed over a business dispute. Trump has denied all three of these accusations.

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Britain First deputy arrested over speech made at Belfast rally

The deputy leader of far-right group Britain First has been arrested in London over a speech made at a rally in Belfast this summer. Jayda Fransen, 31, from Penge, south-east London, was arrested in Bromley by Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detectives on Saturday. The Britain First leader, Paul Golding, in a video posted on his Twitter feed, said Fransen would be taken to Belfast to be interviewed over comments she made outside the City Hall in August. He said: “A large group of plainclothes police detectives from Belfast of all places jumped out of nowhere and have arrested Jayda. “What have they arrested her for? Both of us addressed, made a speech, at a public demonstration outside Belfast City Hall all the way back in August. “The detective I spoke to told me she is being flown to Belfast tonight to be interrogated. It’s absolutely ridiculous – this is non-stop with me and Jayda, non-bloody stop.” He said his colleague had been arrested for “no bloody reason”.

via guardian: Britain First deputy arrested over speech made at Belfast rally

Roma recognized as a National Minority in Albania

Roma recognized as a National Minority in Albania. Roma in Albania are officially recognized as a national minority according to law No.96/2017 on the “Protection of National Minorities in the Republic of Albania”, which was adopted on 13 October 2017 by the Albanian parliament. Following several advocacy initiatives, debates, public hearings and senior expert advice provided by the Council of Europe Programme “Strengthening the Protection of National Minorities in Albania” to the Parliamentary Committee of Legal Issues, Public Administration and Human Rights, Roma are currently entitled to the rights deriving from this recognition as one of the nine national minorities in the country (Article 3; paragraph 2). This new formal recognition marks a very important achievement for Roma in Albania, granting them rights guaranteed by this law, which raises the level of their protection in comparison to their previous legal status as ethno-linguistic minority. Several positive rights emanate from this recent legal development directly affecting the lives of Roma in Albania. Roma shall be entitled to equal and effective participation in public, cultural, social and economic life and to the preservation of their cultural identity; they have the right to education in the minority language and to freedom of expression, thought and information (Articles 11, 12, 13 and 14). Discrimination on cultural, ethnic, or linguistic grounds is prohibited. Roma are now in a better position to continue their efforts for the promotion and protection of Romani culture as an integral part of the Albanian society.

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Investors in the Panama Trump Tower Included a Notorious Criminal Who Laundered Drug Money

The close ties between Colombian cartels and the Trump Ocean Club. Donald Trump has made little effort to hide the fact that, as president, he continues to profit off the dozens of properties either that he owns or that bear his name. According to a new report by the anti-corruption organization Global Witness, some of those profits may include money that was laundered by Colombian drug cartels through a Panama property carrying the Trump brand. The Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower was Trump’s first international real estate deal, and it followed a, by now, familiar formula, in which the Trump organization does not own the property but instead licenses the Trump name to a third party. That arrangement limits the Trump family’s legal and financial exposure in a development deal, but still allows them to reap handsome profits. It also allows them to avoid directly overseeing the sales process, even when there are a number of obvious warning signs that a property like the Ocean Club could be used to launder money. According to Global Citizen, and new reports published by Reuters and NBC, the early success of the Ocean Club may have drawn on laundered drug money from David Eduardo Helmut Murcia Guzmán, more commonly known as David Murcia, a notorious con artist, when he purchased units at the property. Murcia is known as the “Bernie Madoff of Colombia,” and in 2011 was sentenced to nine years in U.S. prison for his international money laundering money, which included funds from trafficking drugs. Now, after serving six years of that sentence, Murcia is expected to return to Colombia, where he will serve an additional 22 years in prison, Reuters reports.
Murcia didn’t make his way into the Trump property alone. He worked with Alexandre Henrique Ventura Nogueira, an infamous Brazilian real estate broker known for his shady business relationships, to buy units at the Trump Ocean Club before the construction was complete. Nogueira was crucial to the early success of the Trump hotel in Panama, where he was responsible for roughly one-third of the 666 pre-construction units sold at the property. According to Colombian media reports reviewed by Global Witness, a member of the guerrilla movement Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común, or FARC, known for trafficking cocaine, invested in Murcia’s company DMG. At that time, the U.S. had labeled FARC as a terrorist organization. Since he couldn’t bring the drug money to the bank, Murcia did what a lot of cartel criminals do: He invested the cash in real estate, which makes illicit money much harder to track. In a conversation secretly recorded by one of Nogueira’s former business partners in 2013 that was obtained by Reuters, the Brazilian real estate broker admitted he was in the business of laundering money. “More important than the money from real estate was being able to launder the drug money—there were much larger amounts involved,” Nogueira said. “When I was in Panama I was regularly laundering money for more than a dozen companies.” Murcia bought his units at the Trump property with money smuggled into Panama by Colombian drug mules, according to the report from Global Witness, though in interviews with Reuters and NBC, Nogueira denies that he bought any of the units at Trump Ocean Club with illicit cash. (…) It’s not clear what, if anything, Trump knew about how the building’s units were being sold. At least 139 Panamanian anonymous shell companies were created before the construction started on the hotel, which were instrumental in facilitating the early, pre-construction sale of units. Nogueira also noted in an interview with Reuters and NBC that some properties at the Trump hotel in Panama were purchased with bearer shares, which are unregistered stock certificates that therefore obfuscate the owner of the shares and allow investors to transfer assets anonymously, a practice that’s banned in most countries but only became restricted in Panama in 2015.  Join Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz as they discuss and debate the week’s biggest political news. But Global Witness, and experts quoted by Reuters and NBC, said there are glaring red flags a businessperson who was inclined to conduct due diligence on a building that would bear their name would catch. “The warning signs were there for a responsible businessperson, but it seems Trump didn’t want to know,” said Eryn Schornick, a senior policy adviser at Global Witness in a statement.  Trump has reportedly made at least $50 million off the property since it began selling units a decade ago. Yet that figure might be too low. According to a 2015 report from the AP, one bond prospectus in 2007 listed Trump’s expected licensing fees alone to hit $74.5 million by 2010 before the hotel’s construction was even completed in 2011.

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Von Blood & Honour zum Polizeichef?

Der US-Amerikaner Bart Alsbrook wurde kürzlich zum kommissarischen Polizeichef des nahe der texanischen Grenze gelegenen Örtchens Colbert im Bundesstaat Oklahoma ernannt. Seine Karriere geriet allerdings kurz darauf wieder ins Wanken, nachdem die Reporterin Rachel Knapp vom TV-Sender KXII Fox Channel 12 News begonnen hatte, Fragen zu stellen. Etwa die, ob es sich bei dem neuen Chief um den gleichen Bart Alsbrook handelt, der eine Neonazi-Musik-Webseite betreut. Bart Alsbrook distanzierte sich von den Vorwürfen und stritt Verbindungen zur “White Supremacy”-Szene ab. Er behauptete, eine Gruppe von Skinheads habe in den 1990er Jahren seine Brieftasche gestohlen und seitdem immer wieder seine Daten zur Anmeldung von Neonazi-Webseiten missbraucht.
Es ist bekannt, dass Identitätsdiebstahl Leben zerstören kann. 16 Milliarden Dollar Schaden von über 15 Millionen Opfern allein im Jahr 2016 – das ist laut einer Studie das Ausmaß des Phänomens Identitätsdiebstahl in den Vereinigten Staaten. Während die Umstände jenes Diebstahls bei Bart Alsbrook nebulös bleiben, ist seine Geschichte in der organisierten Neonazibewegung recht gut dokumentiert: Auf einem Foto – veröffentlicht in dem Neonazi-Strategiepapier mit dem Titel „Blood & Honour: The Way Forward“ – posiert Alsbrook (in der Bildunterschrift „Bart USA“ genannt) vor einem großen „Blood & Honour“ (B&H)-­Wandbild, flankiert von drei Aktivisten des neonazistischen Netzwerks: Marko „Jäsä“ Järvinen aus Finnland, Erik Blücher aus Norwegen und der 2001 verstorbene Marcel Schilf (Dänemark). Die drei waren maßgeblich verantwortlich für Produktion bzw. Vertrieb der Ende der 1990er Jahre unter Neonazis sehr populären Videoreihe „Kriegs­berichter“, in der neben RechtsRock-Interviews und Konzertausschnitten Hinrichtungen von Afroamerikanern und politischen Gegnern gezeigt wurden. Sie waren zentrale Figuren des internationalen RechtsRock-Business und der zugehörigen Subkultur, die als Rekrutierungsfeld für die Fußsoldaten des kommenden Rassenkrieges galt. Jeder von ihnen war über Jahrzehnte wichtig für den Geldfluss in diese Szene und in eine ihrer gefährlichsten Netzwerke – “Combat 18” (C18).
Bekannte aus der Terror Szene – Der schwedische Antifa-Journalist Stieg Larsson beschrieb Erik Blücher1 als „Schlüsselfigur der internationalen Neonazi-­Szene“ und „wichtige Figur hinter den Kulissen“. In den 1970er Jahren war er ein Führer der norwegischen Neonazi-Szene. Nach seinem Umzug 1983 nach Schweden übernahm er Verantwortung für diverse neonazistische Projekte wie das RechtsRock Label „Ragnarock Records“, die englischsprachige Zeitung „Blood & Honour Scandinavia“ und das schwedische Neonazi-­Magazin „Viking Order“. Erik Blücher veröffentlichte unter dem Namen „Max Hammer“ Artikel für „White Power“- Zeitschriften und galt als Mitverantwortlicher für die B&H-Zeitung „Route 88“.2

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Joe Hill ain’t never died – #remember #

On 19 November 1915 Joe Hill was executed by the State of Utah on trumped up charges. Dave Gibson reminds us of the power of Hill’s organising and songwriting skills at a time of upheaval in US politics. When Alfred Hayes wrote the words “Joe Hill Ain’t Never Died” in a poem about Joe Hill’s murder, he could never have imagined that this would still be true a century later. Paul Robeson popularised Hayes’s poem, now set to music. So did Joan Baez and Pete Seeger. Other writers have celebrated Hill’s life and exposed the injustice of his judicial murder through historical accounts, novels, plays and film. Joe Hill was born Joel Hagglund in Sweden in 1879 and emigrated to America in 1902. He worked his way across the country during the next decade, joining the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), known as the Wobblies, in 1910 in California. The Wobblies were formed in 1905 to build “one big union” to wage the class war with the aim of destroying capitalism. They had an enormous impact in the US for the next 12 years. They led mass strikes of workers that the American Federation of Labour dismissed as unorganisable. They organised immigrant textile workers, agricultural workers, black and women workers. Many strikes were victorious, most famously the Lawrence textile strike of 1912.
In many Western towns the Wobblies led successful free speech campaigns to establish their ability to organise workers. Those campaigns involved defying city laws banning IWW street meetings. IWW campaigns were met with state violence and imprisonment. Thousands of free speech campaigners were arrested, hundreds of strikers imprisoned, and dozens killed, including John Ramy, an 18 year old Syrian in the Lawrence strike who was bayoneted to death by a soldier. Joe Hill was involved in many IWW campaigns, including the Fraser River strike in British Columbia and the free speech fight in Fresno, California, and fought alongside other Wobblies in the Mexican Revolution throughout the 1910s. He described his motivation, writing, “The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace, so long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people, and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things in life.”

via socialist review: Joe Hill ain’t never died

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, Alive as you and me. Says I But Joe, you’re ten years dead. I never died said he, I never died said he.
The Copper Bosses killed you Joe, They shot you Joe says I. Takes more than guns to kill a man Says Joe I didn’t die. Says Joe I didn’t die
And standing there as big as life And smiling with his eyes Says Joe What they can never kill Went on to organize, Went on to organize
From San Diego up to Maine, In every mine and mill, Where working-men defend there rights, It’s there you find Joe Hill, It’s there you find Joe Hill
I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, Alive as you and me. Says I But Joe, you’re ten years dead I never died said he, I never died said he

The Hidden History of Trump’s First Trip to Moscow

In 1987, a young real estate developer traveled to the Soviet Union. The KGB almost certainly made the trip happen. It was 1984 and General Vladimir Alexandrovich Kryuchkov had a problem. The general occupied one of the KGB’s most exalted posts. He was head of the First Chief Directorate, the prestigious KGB arm responsible for gathering foreign intelligence. Kryuchkov had begun his career with five years at the Soviet mission in Budapest under Ambassador Yuri Andropov. In 1967 Andropov became KGB chairman. Kryuchkov went to Moscow, took up a number of sensitive posts, and established a reputation as a devoted and hardworking officer. By 1984, Kryuchkov’s directorate in Moscow was bigger than ever before—12,000 officers, up from about 3,000 in the 1960s. His headquarters at Yasenevo, on the wooded southern outskirts of the city, was expanding: Workmen were busy constructing a 22-story annex and a new 11-story building. In politics, change was in the air. Soon a new man would arrive in the Kremlin, Mikhail Gorbachev. Gorbachev’s policy of detente with the West—a refreshing contrast to the global confrontation of previous general secretaries—meant the directorate’s work abroad was more important than ever.
Kryuchkov faced several challenges. First, a hawkish president, Ronald Reagan, was in power in Washington. The KGB regarded his two predecessors, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, as weak. By contrast Reagan was seen as a potent adversary. The directorate was increasingly preoccupied with what it believed—wrongly—was an American plot to conduct a preemptive nuclear strike against the USSR. It was around this time that Donald Trump appears to have attracted the attention of Soviet intelligence. How that happened, and where that relationship began, is an answer hidden somewhere in the KGB’s secret archives. Assuming, that is, that the documents still exist. Trump’s first visit to Soviet Moscow in 1987 looks, with hindsight, to be part of a pattern. The dossier by the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele asserts that the Kremlin had been cultivating Trump for “at least five years” before his stunning victory in the 2016 US presidential election. This would take us back to around 2011 or 2012. In fact, the Soviet Union was interested in him too, three decades earlier. The top level of the Soviet diplomatic service arranged his 1987 Moscow visit. With assistance from the KGB. It took place while Kryuchkov was seeking to improve the KGB’s operational techniques in one particular and sensitive area. The spy chief wanted KGB staff abroad to recruit more Americans. In addition to shifting politics in Moscow, Kryuchkov’s difficulty had to do with intelligence gathering. The results from KGB officers abroad had been disappointing. Too often they would pretend to have obtained information from secret sources. In reality, they had recycled material from newspapers or picked up gossip over lunch with a journalist. Too many residencies had “paper agents” on their books: targets for recruitment who had nothing to do with real intelligence. Kryuchkov sent out a series of classified memos to KGB heads of station. Oleg Gordievsky—formerly based in Denmark and then in Great Britain—copied them and passed them to British intelligence. He later co-published them with the historian Christopher Andrew under the title Comrade Kryuchkov’s Instructions: Top Secret Files on KGB Foreign Operations 1975–1985. In January 1984 Kryuchkov addressed the problem during a biannual review held in Moscow, and at a special conference six months later. The urgent subject: how to improve agent recruitment. The general urged his officers to be more “creative.” Previously they had relied on identifying candidates who showed ideological sympathy toward the USSR: leftists, trade unionists and so on. By the mid-1980s these were not so many. So KGB officers should “make bolder use of material incentives”: money. And use flattery, an important tool. The Center, as KGB headquarters was known, was especially concerned about its lack of success in recruiting US citizens, according to Andrew and Gordievsky. The PR Line—that is, the Political Intelligence Department stationed in KGB residencies abroad—was given explicit instructions to find “U.S. targets to cultivate or, at the very least, official contacts.” “The main effort must be concentrated on acquiring valuable agents,” Kryuchkov said.

via politico: The Hidden History of Trump’s First Trip to Moscow

Questions over German politician’s ‘links to Russian pipeline’ – #Kubicki #fdp

Exclusive: Email links Wolfgang Kubicki – a candidate to be finance minister – to statement advocating potential of pipeline that critics say is opposed to EU interests. A candidate vying to be Germany’s next finance minister is facing questions over possible links to lobbying on behalf of Russia’s controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project as his party enters crunch talks to form the next government. An email seen by the Guardian links Nord Stream 2 lobbying to the deputy leader of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), Wolfgang Kubicki, throwing into doubt cross-party claims of a “more critical” attitude towards the contentious energy deal in a potential three-party coalition alongside Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the Greens. Kubicki, also deputy president of the Bundestag, has been touted as a frontrunner to succeed Wolfgang Schäuble at the top of the German finance ministry if his party enters government. Coalition talks are ongoing between the three parties following the September election. The email was sent just a week after the election to a group of influential European energy analysts and thinktanks, aggressively promoting the advantages of Nord Stream 2 – the proposed Baltic Sea pipeline between Vyborg in Russia and Greifswald in Germany that many say runs counter to the strategic interests of the European Union. It was signed off “in collaboration with Kubicki & Schöler, Attorneys at Law”, the law firm where Wolfgang Kubicki is a founding partner, and from which he presumably either receives a salary or share of the firm’s profits.
Nord Stream 2 is a project of Gazprom, of which the Kremlin is a majority shareholder, and states in eastern Europe and the Baltics fear the pipeline will threaten European energy security and increase Russian influence in Germany. Promising that Nord Stream 2 will make EU wholesale prices of gas 32% lower by 2020 and that there will be “no legal need for an agreement between the EU and Russia” to give the project the go-ahead, the email is authored by a former German ambassador with links to the FDP, Frank Elbe.  In response to questions from the Guardian, Elbe has confirmed that he has worked with Kubicki’s law firm, but only on “criminal cases with an international dimension”, while Kubicki’s partner at law, Hendrick Schöler, said his firm still worked with Elbe and referred to him as “our colleague”. (…) Kubicki is already under fire for representing Hanno Berger, a former tax inspector who stands accused of engineering the biggest tax fraud scandal in German postwar history, using legal loopholes to siphon up to €30bn out of the state’s coffers. Former finance minister Peer Steinbrück has said that promoting Kubicki to the finance ministry would amount to “life imitating satire”.

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„Trauermarsch“ in Remagen verläuft störungsfrei

Rund 230 Neonazis sind am Samstag zur Remagener Friedenskapelle marschiert. 350 Gegendemonstranten begleiteten den rechten Aufmarsch. Die Polizei hatte die Lage trotz vieler verbaler Attacken jederzeit im Griff. Rechte Gruppierungen aus dem gesamten Bundesgebiet, vornehmlich jedoch aus Nordrhein-Westfalen, sind am Samstag zum neunten Mal in Folge nach Remagen gereist, um ihren „Gedenkmarsch für die Toten in den alliierten Rheinwiesenlagern“ zur Friedenskapelle „Schwarze Madonna“ durchzuführen. In diesem Jahr hatten etwa 230 Neonazis den Weg nach Remagen gefunden. Ihnen gegenüber standen rund 350 Gegendemonstranten des „Bündnisses Remagen Nazifrei“, die mit einer sogenannten Tanzdemo ein lautstarkes Gegengewicht zum Aufmarsch bildeten. Unter dem Motto „NS-Verherrlichung stoppen“ hatten sich zudem rund 35 meist antifaschistische Gruppierungen zusammengeschlossen. Ihre Botschaft hatten sie auf zahlreiche Schilder und Transparente gebannt: „Kriegsverbrecher, Nazis sind keine Helden“, „Gegen Naziterror und rechte Gewalt“, „Opfermythen ins Wanken bringen“, „Deutsche Täter sind keine Opfer“ war dort zu lesen. Mit mehr als 600 Beamten – erheblich weniger als in früheren Jahren – sorgte die Polizei dafür, dass es zu keinerlei Konfrontationen oder gar Ausschreitungen zwischen den beiden Gruppierungen kam.

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