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German Residents Buy Beer To Keep It Away From Neo-Nazi Event

Neo-nazis attending a rock festival faced an alcohol ban over the weekend. The ban was a new tool in the fight against neo-Nazi influence. A Dresden court imposed a ban on the sale and possession of alcohol at the Shield and Sword Festival, prompting police in the state of Saxony to confiscate more than 1,000 gallons of beer Friday and Saturday.

Police seized 4,200 litres (1,109 gallons) of beer in Ostritz on Friday, then 200 liters (58 gallons) more on Saturday.

Residents were still worried that festival attendees would buy beer at local supermarkets, so they reportedly bought more than 200 crates themselves. An Ostritz society activist, Georg Salditt, told Germany’s popular Bild daily: “The plan was devised a week in advance. We wanted to dry the Nazis out. We thought, if an alcohol ban is coming, we’ll empty the shelves at the supermarket.

Some 2,000 locals in the eastern town of Ostritz also showed up to protest against the far right.

Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung daily says 500-600 fans attended the festival, compared with some 1,200 last year.

 

 

 

Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung daily says 500-600 fans attended the festival, compared with some 1,200 last year.