In the summer of 2018 heavy far-right protests took place in the German city of Chemnitz. In the early morning of August 26 a fight broke out resulting in the death of a Cuban-German man. Two Kurdish immigrants, one Iraqi, and one Syrian were named as suspects. The incident reignited the tensions surrounding immigration to Germany, which had been ongoing since 2015, and the European migrant crisis. In response, mass protests against immigration were ignited by groups of German civilians.
One might think Germany’s history would be enough to ensure that fascism and nationalism are denied even the slightest encouragement. Unfortunately that’s not how things are. To counter violence and discrimination the city spontaneously hosted a free anti-racism concert on September 3rd. Well-known bands such as german punk rockers Die Toten Hosen performed in front of a banner reading #WirSindMehr
(“we are more”), a hashtag which has been used in response to the neo-nazi slogan “we are the people”.
The organisers had expected about 30,000 attendees. In the end the event had to be moved from its original location and an estimated 65,000-strong crowd of mostly young people from all parts of Germany showed their solidarity. "We're not naive. We're not laboring under the illusion that you hold a concert and the world is saved," the singer of Kraftklub, Felix Brummer, said ahead of the concert. But sometimes it's important to show that you're not alone“.
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