Germany : Dresden's 'Neo Nazi Emergency' Is All Of Germany, And Now

The city of Dresden has declared a "'Nazinotstand' - 'Nazi Emergency'saying it has a serious problem with the Far-Right. But the problem is Germany-wide, and growing, seemingly with the tacit acceptance - or assistance - from German police and local authorities.

Dresden has long been viewed as a bastion of the far-right and is the birthplace of the anti-Islam Pegida Movement. Finally Councillors in the city have now passed a resolution saying more needs to be done to tackle the issue.

"The open democratic society is threatened," local councillor Max Aschenbach, who tabled the motion, told the BBC, saying he believed it was necessary to take action because politicians were not doing enough to "position themselves clearly" against the far-right.

The resolution acknowledges that "right-wing extremist attitudes and actions... are occurring with increasing frequency" and calls on the city to help victims of far-right violence, protect minorities and strengthen democracy.

Kai Arzheimer, a German politics professor who has written extensively on far-right extremism, said the resolution's main impact was symbolic, but that it could mean that more money would be allocated to programmes combating extremism in the future ...
I don't think that any other German city has declared a 'Nazi emergency'. Resolutions against right-wing extremism are not so uncommon, however.
Dresden has long been known for its links to the far right. In the early 1990s, neo-Nazi groups began staging rallies there to remember what they called "the bombing Holocaust", when the city was bombed by British and American forces in 1945. The state of Saxony has also long been a stronghold of the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) and later the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party - the ones openly supported by British politicians such as Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees Mogg.

Thomas Haldenwang, the president of Germany's BfV Domestic Intelligence Agency, on Tuesday warned lawmakers the lines between militant right-wingers and conservatives in Germany is becoming more difficult to detect. He said more people are becoming open to the far-right camp. He continued ...
"The proverbial 'right wing corner' which allows for a clear distinction between extremists and the conservative camp, no longer exists"
AfD not too long ago lionized and applauded the Neo Nazis marching through the town of Chemlitz, calling them "peaceful" (their were several riots and multiple arrests) and "courageous" (they eventually ran away).

Left / Socialist Politician Walter Lübcke was murdered for his political beliefs by a Neo Nazi

More recently, and with the Nazi murder of left wing politician Walter Lübcke still fresh, german Police are investigating a death threat to Cem Özdemir, the former co-leader of Germany's Green party. A Neo-Nazi group was linked to the email, which featured the politician among a list of its assassination targets. The neo-Nazis said they were deliberating whether to kill the Greens ex-chief at a rally or in front of his home.

Cem Özdemir, Green Politician of Turkish heritage, has been targeted by Neo Nazis

And it's even reaching elected positions : Politicians in all of Germany's ruling parties voiced anger at the election of a openly Neo-Nazi as Mayor of a town in HesseStefan Jagsch of the Far-Right National Democratic Party (NPD) was elected by seven councillors in Waldsiedlung, near Frankfurt am Main. He won because no rival dared stood against him.

Various Neo Nazi groups use razor blades in their promotional material 

Neo Nazis such as the Pegida Organisation and Generation Identity stoop so low as to embed razor blades in their stickers - so that anti-racist acitivists or local council employees will cut their fingers removing them.

This year's Rudolph Hess Commemoration March attracted record crowds on both sides of the divide.

Germany is heading, again, down a dark road.