Left-wing activists attempt to break through neo-Nazi march
Dortmund- Rarely has the Dortmund police been so busy as on May 1: DGB rally, neo-Nazi march and various counter-demonstrations.
The traditional May Day rally of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) on the occasion of “Labour Day” began in the morning. With several thousand participants, it crossed the city to Westfalenpark, where a family and cultural festival took place. In addition, two weeks before the regional elections, the main NRW candidates of the CDU, SPD, Greens, FDP and Left Party appeared there in a political dialogue.
Unfortunately, neo-Nazis have also been using May Day for their rallies for years. From around 12 p.m., about 290 right-wingers marched through the city from the northern exit of the main station – several counter-demonstrations and events accompanied the Nazi march, which had been announced by the “Dierechte” party.
Federal and state police were in the city with dozens of vehicles. Even before the start of their march, the police ordered the right-wing extremists to unfurl numerous flags. Public gatherings that express a willingness to use violence through paramilitary behavior are prohibited, police said.
Around 12:30 p.m., autonomous left-wing demonstrators revolted. Around 250 hooded “Antifa” activists suddenly ran towards the police line, heading for the neo-Nazi protest route. 80 people made the breakthrough. Pepper spray and batons were used.
A policewoman and at least one protester were injured. Two suspects ended up in custody.
Chief of operations, Chief Police Director Achim Stankowitz, said: “After more than two years of the pandemic, there will be a May holiday for the first time this year with a high number of meetings and many attendees. at meetings. As police, we call on each of you: Exercise your right to assembly peacefully and responsibly. The police will act consistently against disturbances and, above all, against criminal offenses of all kinds.
To protest the neo-Nazi rallies, several drivers had parked their cars in the no-go areas along the march, apparently on purpose. The city had dozens of vehicles towed away, she said in the morning.
A spokesperson for the city of Dortmund confirmed: “In the morning we had to tow more than 100 vehicles. They stayed on the road despite the no-parking signs.