Photo gallery: Dozens of Neo-Nazi groups called “Reichsbürger” (literally, “citizens of the Reich”) organized a protest in Berlin parallel to the one in Cassel which made the headlines on March 20th, 2021.
In Berlin, only 100-200 right-wing extremists assembled around the Brandenburg Gate and in the Tiergarten, against 1,800 police forces and 300 antifascists. The “Reichsbürger” did not have any precise claims and did not focus their protest against Corona and the lockdown; instead, many bore Nazi flags and symbols, and some made the Hitler salute. Recurrent slogans were “Nationalsocialism now!”, “Free, social, national” and “Who doesn’t love Germany should leave!”. Many of them drunk and angry, they attacked journalists and antifascist protesters with their fists or by throwing beer bottles, roaming around Berlin’s streets after the demonstration was dissolved by the police for not respecting the sanitary rules. Antifacists staged a counter-demonstration and protested at various locations, sometimes leading to sporadic fights.
PART I: The “REICHSBÜRGER” / NEONAZI
“Jesus lives” “Germany should return to God” / “Jeshua, Light of the Nations” A man carries the flag of the second Reich (1871-1918). Hooligans wearing neo-nazi insignas show counter-protesters the middle finger. A neonazi just after throwing a beer bottle at counter-protesters. Neonazis wearing “East germany Pride” hoodies with dialectal proverbs such as “It’s gonna hurt soon” and the classic “Odin rather than Jesus”. A hooligan tries to stop a journalist from filming an arrest. Protesters wave the (legal) “Sword & Hammer” NS-flags Protesters wave “Sword & Hammer” flags, do nazi salutes, and bear nationalist insignas. Protesters wear “not vaccinated”, “anti-antifa” and the mystic SS-symbol Black Sun. A broken beer bottle lies on the ground after a clash with the police. One protester tries to calm his friends after the police announced the end of the demonstration. They wear “Fuck Merkel” and “Unbent”. A protester wears a “Trump” cap. A protester argues with policement about the dissolution of the demonstration. A “press”-member of the “Reichsbürger”, wearing the flag of the second Reich (1871-1918) films the demonstration. Next to her, a man carries a “JuDeN LüGeN” (“Jews lie”) facemask.
PART 2- THE ANTIFA
“Corona deniers out of our hood” “Snort the AfD away” “Living for your work? Profits over dead bodies? Agains the capital and its mutants” LGBTQIA*-antifa flag “Red front against weird front” (“quer”, translated as “weird”, is a reference to “querdenker”, corona-deniers. Prokurdish antifa flag A militant shows his middle finger to neonazis carrying a Reich flag Militants wait for the neonazi rally to pass by. A militant shows his middle finger. Behind him, the sign reads: “Sweep fascists from the streets”. “Class struggle instead of vaterland” Two antifa militants wait while being blocked by the police. “Rasta x Prison” “Solidarity and hoods aainst nazis, capital and corona-deniers” Communist militants The antifa demonstration passed by the Holocaust memorial, as its goal was to hinder neonazis from desecrating it. Police forces block the antifa demonstration. Antifas walk past the Goethe memorial in the Tiergarten. Antifas from Hamburg were dispersed by the police and took to the woods. Antifas find neonazis who slipped through the police lines and pursue them. A fistfight erupts between neonazis and antifa militants. Wounded neonazis holding a Reich flag regroup after the fight. “Wipe the fascists from the streets”
PART 3- THE POLICE
Police forces march to take position close to the Brandenburg gate and pass the Soviet war memorial. Policement block the antifa counter demo from reaching the Brandenburg gate, where a neonazi rally is being held. Policemen kick out an antifa militant and insult him: “You’re totally sick”, and laugh. An antifa militant argues with the policemen who just insulted him. An antifa militant and a policeman argue. Police block antifa protesters holding a LGBTQIA* flag. Policement watch the antifa protesters Police forces escortthe neonazi rally. Policemen stand ready for action close to the neonazi rally. Policemen arrest a neonazi who just attacked a journalist. Policement push back neonazis after announcing the end of the demo. Police forces escorted the neonazi march after dissolving it. Police forces rush to stop antifas from expulsing neonazis who came to insult them.