In Berlin-Kreuzberg, ''no place for Nazis'' taken very literally

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In Berlin-Kreuzberg, ''no place for Nazis'' taken very literally

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It's not so clear what Sebastian Schmidtke and his NPD-Berlin followers were thinking when they decided to march through the multinational, open-minded, globalized-thinking, diversity-loving Berlin neighborhood of Kreuzberg. But we thank them for giving us a reason to come out on a beautiful spring Saturday morning.

About 100 neo-Nazis wanted to deliver an important message: Kreuzberg must be ''secure, clean and orderly!''. Unfortunately for them, that message was drowned out by the more than 6,000 counterprotesters who showed up to block their route. As it turns out, the vast majority of people prefer fun and cultural variety to goose-step uniformity and provincial racism. In the face of such opposition -- and about 1,600 police -- the neo-Nazi marchers got barely 200 meters before having to pack up and go back to whatever sad corner they come from.

No surprise, the NPD-Berlin website hasn't been updated since before the event.

Neo-Nazis, however, aren't totally dense. They got the point and have cancelled a second planned march in Berlin for Labor Day on Thursday. That means the rest of us can go about the holiday enjoying the weather, food, music and all the other benefits that come with living in a great, colorful and diverse city like Berlin.

 

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