German protesters must not march with neo-Nazis if they don’t want to be called racist

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 September, 2018, 5:01pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 September, 2018, 5:01pm

I refer to Dermot Cooper’s letter (“Anti-migrant activists are not all neo-Nazis”, September 8). He criticises the “mainstream” media for describing all participants of the far-right rallies in the east German city of Chemnitz and elsewhere as neo-Nazis.

Here is the thing: if you walk alongside people shouting racist and Nazi slogans, then yes, the media – and please stop perpetuating the myth of “mainstream media” who cannot be trusted – and everybody else has the right to assume that you support these slogans too.

After all, if you do not share their ideas, why walk with them? If you are an “ordinary German” (as I am) fearing “for their children’s future” in Germany (which I am not), by all means go and protest peacefully. But do not get mixed up with Nazis and far-right parties. By doing so you help them in promoting their backward and racist ideologies.

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As for Germans “taking a stand against migrants who kill fellow Germans”, I kind of hoped that we would all take a stand against people who kill other people, regardless of their origin and nationality.

Tonja Weilerscheid-Fung, HKU, Pok Fu Lam