MINELRES: UNITED: Stop the biggest neo-nazi march in Europe!

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Tue Jan 13 20:07:40 2009

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UNITED E-NEWS 07/01/09: Stop the biggest neo-nazi march in Europe!

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Stop the biggest neo-nazi march in Europe!
Come to Dresden on 14 February 2009

On 14 February 2009, right-wing extremists from all over Europe will
once again gather for their annual 'mourning march' in Dresden (D) -
UNITED and the local platform Geh Denken calls for your help to stop the
largest meeting of the European right-wing extremist movement!

In 2008 a frightening crowd of more than 6000 neo-nazis from Germany and
foreign allied brotherhoods were mobilised for the largest gathering of
the European right-wing extremist movement. Under the guise of
commemorating the victims of the air raids against Dresden 13-15
February 1945, right-wing extremists claim the streets of Dresden to
spread defamatory propaganda and gain public acceptance. Beside that,
this self-declared 'March of mourning and commemoration' forms the
highlight of a several days lasting network meeting of the right-wing
extemist movement - where neo-nazis can get organised and receive
ideological training.

UNITED calls for international support to make an end to the silent
acceptance of this neo-nazi demonstration in the state of Saxony. We
need your help to confront the neo-nazis in the streets of Dresden with
active (peaceful) resistance and to create international pressure on the
authorities of Dresden and Saxony. The city's official remembrance
concept - a 'silent commemoration' - lacks a clear stand against modern
right-wing extremism: LETS BREAK THE SILENCE!

In any case, the regional platform 'GehDenken' (Go and
Think/Commemorate) together with UNITED is organising counter-actions in
the streets of Dresden on 14 February 2009. Get united under the common
title 'Commemorate - a clear STOP to right-wing extremism' and join
forces in Dresden on 14 February 2009. 

Get active together - use the opportunities!
Since some years, there have been a wide variety of activities against
the march of right-wing extremists in Dresden. In 2006 the neo-nazi
march was blocked successfully, but finally it was redirected and
continued under rigorous protection of German police forces. In 2007 and
2008 German police guarded the way of this scandalous neo-nazi march,
against the persistent protest of the anti-fascist movement. 
In 2009, we call the European anti-discrimination movement to mobilise
their forces to set an end to this public celebrated right-wing
extremist procession.

Join us in the streets of Dresden on 14 February 2009 to stop the
biggest annual neo-nazi gathering throughout Europe - peacefully and

* Inform all your contacts about this counter-action (translate this
call and spread it in your country; use your newsletters / websites /
mailing lists etc. to make this call for action visible to as many
activists as possible) 
* Organise buses, get your friends and come to Dresden on 14 February
* Support our public call with signatures and/or statements of support
from you or your organisation (just send an email to
info@unitedagainstracism.org and orga@geh-denken.de)
* If you want to participate please inform us as soon as possible (we
will try to organise budget accommodation)

More information under:

Get in contact with us:
Preparation group 14 February 2009 'Geh Denken'
phone +49-351-5636669
orga@geh-denken.de - http://www.geh-denken.de

UNITED for Intercultural Action
Postbus 413 - NL 1000 AK Amsterdam
phone +31-20-6834778 - fax +31-20-6834582
info@unitedagainstracism.org - http://www.unitedagainstracism.org

In this year Dresden marks the kick-of for the 'super election year
2009' and far right groups will exploit the public platform for
political propaganda. Under the patronage of the German authorities this
annual neo-nazi gathering in Dresden mainstreams right-wing extremism,
destructs democracy and corrupts the country's political conviction. It
is simply a SCANDAL that police is protecting the biggest neo-nazi
gathering in whole Europe and that Dresden's authorities accept that
right-wing extremists are taking over places and topics of remembrance.
We shall not allow any propaganda platform to right-wing extremists. 

This self declared 'March of mourning and commemoration' of neo-nazis
from all over Europe has nothing to do with freedom of speech! The
neo-nazi party NPD (National Party Germany), one of the co-organisers of
this march, refers to the destruction of Dresden in 1945 as a 'bombing
Holocaust', comparing the air raids with the murder of millions of Jews.
Banners, flags and public speeches at the neo-nazi gathering openly
relativise the nazi crimes, downgrade the Holocaust, glorify nationalism
and 'mourn' the territorial losses of the 'Third Reich' after the 2nd
World War.

Right-wing extremist mass events like in Dresden promote the entrance
into the anti-democratic movement among the participants, celebrate the
brotherhood of a supposed national-socialist identity and provide a
networking platform for right-wing extremists from all over Europe.

Such revisionist remembrance events strengthen the traditional lines
towards the historical National Socialism. Equalising the victims of the
air raids on Dresden and the victims who died in the concentration and
destruction camps downplays and trivialises the Holocaust.

While Leningrad (RUS), Rotterdam (NL) or Coventry (GB) were targets of
the German war of aggression and destruction, Dresden was bombed in the
course of the ending of Hitler's national-socialist tyranny. Many right
wing extremists argument that the bombing of Dresden was rather aimed to
'take revenge' on the civil society in Germany than targeted at military
and industrial areas. Far-right politicians in Germany have sparked a
national debate by promoting the term "Bombenholocaust" ("holocaust by
bomb") to describe the raids. In order to oppose the extreme right
propaganda, the difference between the Holocaust and the bombing of
Dresden may not be blurred.

We depend on YOUR help in 2009!

UNITED is not rich and has no stable income!
Though far most of the work at the UNITED secretariat is done voluntary
- still money is needed to keep the network functioning in 2009 and to
secure the cooperation and information flow throughout Europe.

Your donation is most welcome:
- in cash to UNITED Postbus 413 NL-1000 AK Amsterdam
- by bank (preferable) to:
UNITED, Postbus 413 NL-1000 AK Amsterdam
Account: IBAN NL77PSTB0002343715, BIC: PSTB NL2A - Bank: Postbank,
Postbus 1800, NL-1000 BV Amsterdam
(From NL: postbank 2343715)


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