On December 1, 2007, 600 neo-Nazis from all over Germany marched through Berlin-Neukölln for a right-wing youth center. There were repeated protests on the fringes of the march. Over 1000 people stood in the way of the neo-Nazis in a variety of ways. At the counter rally, organized by a broad alliance, spoke among others, Bundestag Vice President Wolfgang Thierse, the President of the Berlin House of Representatives, Walter Momper (SPD) and the leader of the Left in the Bundestag, Gregor Gysi. Momper and Gysi repeated their calls for a ban on the NPD to the applause of the demonstrators. A ban on the NPD is “an obligation of politics in this country”, said Momper, Gysi described the NPD as “unconstitutional”.
For some counter-demonstrators, however, their moral courage should now cost dearly. Around 100 anti-fascists had temporarily blocked the Nazi rally on Lipschitzallee / Fritz-Erler-Allee. The police cleared the street and determined the personal details of 40 people. In mid-January 2008 they received a fine of € 223 from the Berlin State Criminal Police Office for “participating in an unauthorized gathering (Section 113 OWiG)”.
It is incomprehensible and unbearable when, on the one hand, politicians of all democratic parties repeatedly demand moral courage against the law and, on the other hand, actually shown moral courage have to be “paid for” with fines and injuries as a result of brutal police actions. Civil disobedience is a legitimate means of defending yourself against Nazi marches. Many of those affected by the fine notices did not accept the scandalous behavior of the Berlin police authorities and objected to the notices.
We declare: If Nazis march, we will protest against it. If necessary, also with a blockage! Because fascism is not an opinion, but a crime! We demand the withdrawal of the fines!