Hitler salute in Chemnitz: Antifa member convicted
The Chemnitz district court has sentenced a sympathizer of the left-wing extremist Antifa to seven months imprisonment for giving the Hitler salute in public.
Published: August 13, 2019, 11:03 am
The 33-year-old man is known to the police. He made nationwide headlines when he raised his arm on the evening of 27 August 2018 in front of the Marx monument in the city for a Hitler salute.
The scene was seen by many as evidence of “radical right-wing riots” during the demonstration of the Bürgerbewegung Pro Chemnitz. The reason for the rally was the murder of 35-year-old Daniel H by a Syrian and an Iraqi who had disappeared shortly after the killing.
He feels more at home on the left, the defendant told the court on Monday, according to the German outlet Freie Presse. An expert also confirmed an anti-fascist tattoo on the body of the defendant.
Despite numerous criminal records – including drug offenses – the presiding judge turned the sentence back to parole, as the man under care has demanded time for drug withdrawal treatment.
“It was immediately clear to me that alcohol had been involved again,” the judge is quoted as saying. The man was heavily inebriated on the evening of the protests.
Last year, AfD co-leader Alexander Gauland condemned the depiction of protesters who took part in protests in the eastern German city of Chemnitz as extremists He described the majority of them as “concerned citizens”.
Gauland also said “there was no man hunt in Chemnitz” against migrants as the mainstream media and establishment had tried to falsely claim.
Chancellor Angela Merkel however pushed back against Gauland’s comments. There is no “excuse or explanation” for Nazi slogans and attacks on people who “look different” she fumed at the time.
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