Anti-immigrant ideologies are not just gaining momentum in the United States, but the world as well, as exemplified most recently in Chemnitz, Germany.
When a local man Daniel H. was stabbed to death, news spread through the town, which is in the state of Saxon, Daniel died at the hands of undocumented migrants who were attempting to rape a woman. Despite much of the account never happening (including the rape attempt), residents of Saxon flocked to Chemnitz to participate in belligerently far-right demonstrations.
Thousands of far-right activists in the eastern German city of Chemnitz took to the streets to stage violent protests against immigrants and refugees, following the fatal stabbing of a German man. pic.twitter.com/DZOZugxeq0— CBC News: The National (@CBCTheNational) August 31, 2018
What was epochal to many in Chemnitz wasn’t that a far-right protest was occurring, but that blatant neo-Nazis attended. Despite their presence, many still marched alongside them, to the horror of many Chemnitz residents.
Swathes of immigrants were forced to hide inside their homes for their own safety. As the violence worsened, the mayor issued a state of emergency.
The sentiments from the protesters horrified many across the world.
Large number of neonazis marching through East-German Chemnitz tonight. Anti-racist NGOs told migrants to avoid the city. Hardly any police presence so far. Neonazis hunting for anti-fascist protesters and threatening journalists, police apparently lets them. #C2708— Yasmina Banaszczuk (@lasersushi) August 27, 2018
I can’t believe Germany of all countries is putting up with this crap— Anna just Anna (@atheniangal1) August 29, 2018
What the #Chemnitz situation has shown is that neo nazi racists are like sleeper cells. When they are triggered the truth comes out - for those in other lands trying to justify the racism and hate due to migration/refugees etc are justifying the hatred which was unleashed— Abu'l 'eyse (@AbulEyse) September 3, 2018
I’m sorry for all my followers not speaking German for the wave of German tweets over the last week. But fascists and racists rising again in Germany and Europe makes me furious. We gotta fight back! ✊?✊?✊?✊?✊? #chemnitz— Markus Zapke-Gründemann (@keimlink) September 3, 2018
The problem in Chemnitz right now are neo nazis who hunt foreign looking people, hold protests and are violent and racist— Lisa (@iamthefknbatman) September 1, 2018
Others assured that the violence isn’t happening without opposition.
If you're disturbed by the horrific racist goings-on in Chemnitz, remember that there are other voices. Give Martin a follow; he's there. https://t.co/E3eWrJc31W— Kate Maxwell (@skatemaxwell) September 3, 2018
I just accidentally walked by this anti Nazi protest in Bad Bentheim, a small town in Lower Saxony, featuring all major parties. When you see footage from Chemnitz, don’t forget this is happening, too, all over Germany. Ordinary people taking a stand against neonazism. pic.twitter.com/PJaARFvmNR— Mathieu von Rohr (@mathieuvonrohr) September 2, 2018
Its crazy to me that Nazis are matching once again in Germany,— Not Chris Proko (@mcchrispy74) August 28, 2018
my thoughts are with all those fighting fascists in Chemnitz today in hope that more Nazi skulls crack the pavement than those fighting against them#Chemnitz
I really hope that every goddamn Nazi that decided to join this disgusting gathering in Chemnitz gets IDed and loses their job and any kind of respect by others.— MARRIED TO SEMIRAMIS@Hanebado/Strange Fake (@Armor_of_Fafnir) August 28, 2018
Those idiots have no place in our world.
The resurgence of blatant Naziism is alarming people across the globe. However, this alarm is informing their collective opposition. Hopefully that will be enough.