Many antifascist groups and initiatives are mobilizing to Chemnitz, Germany to confront two fascist marches that are announced for tomorrow.
Submitted to Enough is Enough.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
21:23 #C3008 #Chemnitz: A group of people with dark skin are being attacked without any reason. People are throwing bottles at them. They run like hell. Cops are driving after them. Info last 2 tweets by @konstantkarma
— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) 30. August 2018
In the past days a racist mob again and again abused a deadly stabbing in Chemnitz, Germany. The mob targetted and hunted migrants and other people that don’t fit in their fascist world view.
On Sunday and Monday the police lost control over the city. Many migrants were attacked and on Monday fascists attacked an antifascist counter protest. Bottles and firecrackers were thrown and militant fascists again tried to break through police lines and were sneaking through the inner city and around the antifascist gathering. The cops were not able or not willing to get control again and therefore the antifascists had to concentrate on the protection of the counter gathering.
Of course we should have no illusions about the role of the state and the police. At the same time that the racist mob hunted people in Chemnitz, thousands of cops are deployed in the Hambacher forest near Cologne. For the German state it’s more important to enforce the interest of energy giant RWE, than to protect migrants and other people that are being attacked by fascists. We can not rely on the state and it’s lackeys in uniform, so we have to protect ourselves.
Antifascists in Chemnitz are working hard but decided not to mobilize for yesterdays third fascist gathering. After an assessment about the local structure and intensity of the fascist attacks in Chemnitz, local antifascist groups decided not to mobilize for a counter protest yesterday but to concentrate on Saturday, September 1. Of course it is important always to confront fascists but there was a reasonable fear that we would not have been able to protect ourselves yesterday.
We understand and respect the decision of the local antifascists not to mobilize for counter protests yesterday. But having said that, it also means we need to reorganize and debate our tactics and strategies. The far right is growing and growing across Europe (and the U.S.) and so is the need to fight back.
Antifascist groups across the German territory are mobilizing to Chemnitz for tomorrow, Saturday the 1st of September. We will not back down, we will continue to confront fascists in Chemnitz and elsewhere.