In front of Nazi stompers

By: goodislove

Oct 25 2010

Category: Germany


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16 October 2010 – Today, after spending most of the morning trying to find a place to stay in the lovely German city of Leipzig, we found ourselves surrounded by police in riot gear and a phalanx of Nazi protestors. We entered the Leipzig train station to make our way to our hotel, but we were quickly confronted with a line of police pushing the crowd back and defending a platform.

We found an English speaker who gave us the vague details that a group of neo-Nazis were planning to arrive in Leipzig to hold a prayer vigil for peace or whatever it is that Nazis do nowadays, but their efforts were stymied by the local government who refused to give them a permit. Plus a motley group of students, anarchists and Nazi protestors showed up to make the event a bit more lively.

Fearing a confrontation, the police were out in force. We meandered our way through the crowd slightly intimidated and curious about the whole display. We also ran into this Polizist with a weird jetpack/nitrous tank on his back. One of the protestors asked me to post this photo online somewhere so that maybe someone could figure out what kind of weird weapons the police were packing.

So if you have any idea what this might be, please post it in the comments or pass it along to your favorite German police informant and see if she/he has any idea about it.

And next time you’re in Leipzig* and your tram takes a sudden unexpected detour, don’t worry too much. It’s probably just an ineffective Nazi demonstration.

*Lest you be frightened by this entry, let it be known that Leipzig is a charming city with some amazingly cool spots, a lively downtown, a rich history and a vibrant arts scene. As well as their world-renowned Nazi Arts and Crafts Fair** every third Sunday.

**This is a lie, but the rest of it is true.


3 comments on “In front of Nazi stompers”

  1. Yowza!!!

  2. I guess it’s a Feuerlöscher. German police sometimes experiences people throwing cocktails a la Molotow, which might leave other people burning. Therefore German police sometimes also works as firefighters.

    • Ah ha, that makes complete sense. Boy, you’d think that German protestor would have known something about that. I think he thought it was some kind of secret mind control device.

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