Marzahn-Hellendorf, a district in Berlin, was supposed to be the site of a large, far-right demonstration on November 22, but it never happened.
“There were four events by anti-Nazi supporters, so [right-wing supporters] avoided it,” says Jessica Zeller at the Association for Democratic Culture in Berlin.
She told DW the “Nazis” couldn’t hold their protest because the anti-Nazi movement was able to rally enough support to thwart them. The anti-Nazis used Web technology to find out the route that the Nazis were going to take in order to block their protest.
Now, Zeller and her team recently released a free app that will allow the anti-Nazi movement in Berlin to get push teasers on their phone to help them thwart right wing extremist events. The Android version of the “Gegen Nazis” (Anti Nazis) app was released on November 30, and the iOS version is slated for release on December 5.
A push notification alerts users of an upcoming right-wing demonstration in Berlin. The planned route is shown in brown, and the orange dots are there to indicate where the counter protests plan to black the event.
Zeller’s association already runs a website a Facebook page and a Twitter account. What was missing, Zeller says, was something that brought it all together into common action.
The resulting app is just the beginning, though.
“It has to be filled with content, of course,” Zeller says, referring to the maps of planned neo-Nazi protests and counter-protest locations…
Keep in mind that the left in Germany considers that anyone opposes Islam is at best ‘far-right’, at worst, an out-and-out Nazi.
Sweden tried to stop the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats the same way: holding large, sometimes violent, counter-demonstrations. They are wiser now — the newly-elected government has collapsed and another election called.
Analysis suggests that the violent counter-demonstrations actually created sympathy for SD.
Deutsche Welle also routinely fails to report on violent left-wing demonstrations that are not uncommon in Germany. The bias is extreme, to say the least.