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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Les migrants cibles de manifestations en Allemagne et en Italie

by Stéphane Aubouard

Protests target migrants in Germany and Italy

Translated Sunday 4 January 2015, by D. Phillips

A week ago in Rome (15 November 2014), thousands of anti-immigration demonstrators carried posters ostensibly unequivocal regarding their racist content: “Enough with Violence”, “Immigrants Out”, could be read on the banners held mainly by the residents of the Roman suburb of Tor Sapienza opposed to the establishment of a new welcome centre for asylum seekers and immigrants in their neighbourhood.

Eight days later, like an echo of these nauseating fascist undertones from Rome, it was in Berlin that thousands of demonstrators rallied in the center to protest the establishment of similar accommodations. The slogans there were without ambiguity: “Not in our backyard”, “No money for refugees”, “Wake up! It’s better to act than to complain” - this from well-known German extreme right literature. Among the demonstrators, neo-Nazi groups were identified by police, who followed them closely for a few days. Indeed this (rare) appearance in Berlin by neo-Nazi groups took place one week after they converged in Wunsiedel, a small village in Bavaria where each year the Third Reich nostalgists come on a pilgrimage to mourn Rudolf Hess, deputy to Adolf Hitler and prominent member of the Nazi party. It was here that he was interred following his suicide in 1987.

These two demonstrations in the symbolic capitals of the European Union indicate the troubling normalization of neo-Nazi and neo-fascist ideologies in the heart of the European Union - which is sure to give license to a Ukrainian army whose soldiers were ostensibly SS officials – and where, today, being overtly racist seems less and less likely to be treated as a crime.

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