13 Aug 2008

Stop the neo-nazi march in Berlin

I am forwarding this message from Priya Shah, one of our Euro candidates in
London, and a young Green activist on immigration and anti-racism issues. I
will write to the Mayor of Berlin and German embassy on behalf of the
national party but it would be good if members could also address their
protests to these authorities.

Joseph Healy
International Coordinator

Dear All,

The Neo-Nazis have announced that they will march on 23rd August to protest
at the proposed building of a Hindu Temple in Berlin. They have decided to
march through the largest immigrant district of Berlin (Neukoelln) ending at
the proposed site as they believe that "symbols" of this nature attack
'German' culture.

Curiously this ignores the fact that the swastika is an ancient hindu symbol
which was hijacked by the Nazi Party as its' official emblem. It's ironic
that the neo-nazis themselves don't see this 'foreign symbol' as an attack
on their fragile identity and may even use it during the march.

We stand in opposition to the objectives and attitudes of this march and
stand in solidarity with the immigrant communities of Berlin. We seek to
take action to minimise the negative impacts of this march.

If you would like to prevent this from taking place, please contact the
following German departments/contacts to let them know that it won't be seen
lightly by the international community:

Mayor of Berlin: Klaus Wowereit

Der Regierende Bürger-
meister von Berlin
- Senatskanzlei -
Rathausstr. 15
10178 Berlin
German Chancellor: Angela Merkel
Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel
Willy-Brandt-Straße 1
10557 Berlin

German Embassies in US:

German Ambassador to UK
Minister Plenipotentiary Dr. Eckhard Lübkemeier,
London Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
23 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8PZ

Tel. 020 7824 1300
Fax. 020 7824 1449 They have a form on the website but bureaucrats HAVE to
do something with a real piece of paper!



Many thanks for your solidarity,

Priya Shah

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