An entire German town worked together to dry out ahead of a planned far-right music festival that was expected to draw hundreds of neo-Nazis over the weekend. The Schild und Schwert (Shield and Sword) Festival has been held on Adolf Hitler’s birthday in previous years and is notorious for selling merchandise with slogans like “I (heart) HTLR.”
In order to prevent violence and send the message that neo-Nazis are not welcome, the town of Ostritz imposed a ban on the sale and possession of alcohol for the duration of the festival.
Despite the ban, neo-Nazis brought beer into town for the festival. Local police confiscated 4,200 liters (1,109 gallons) of beer from the white supremacists on Friday alone and warned that they would continue to enforce the alcohol ban throughout the event.
Aufgrund des Alkoholverbotes haben wir auf dem Gelände des Rechtsrock-Festivals in #Ostritz unter anderem 4.200 Liter Bier sichergestellt und mit Hilfe des #THW Ortsverbandes Bautzen abtransportiert. pic.twitter.com/BNmvKG8ojH— Polizei Sachsen (@PolizeiSachsen) June 21, 2019
In order to help with the efforts to deter neo-Nazis and keep them sober, local citizens pitched in by buying up entire stocks of alcohol in Ostritz.
“The plan was devised a week in advance. We wanted to dry the Nazis out,” said Ostritz activist Georg Salditt, of the Schild und Schwert festival’s attendees. “We thought, if an alcohol ban is coming, we’ll empty the shelves at the Penny [supermarket].”
Take note, America. This is how you deal with neo-Nazis.
Police had to deal with a total of 32 crimes over the course of the festival, according to Newsweek. Thankfully, it appears that the alcohol ban at least had the intended effect of preventing physical violence. People all over the world are pleased with the results.
Activism at its finest. If there's ever a neo-Nazi fest in Tennessee I'll be there. "German village bands together to deprive neo-Nazi festival of all its beer" https://t.co/V3pxFEsZ5l via @thetakeout— Lisa Lovebucket (@Lisa_Lovebucket) June 24, 2019
This is very hilarious ???????????? Well done to the people of Ostritz!— Nathalie Moyaert ???????? (@Sevenorora) June 23, 2019
Locals buy up beer in protest of neo-Nazi festival in Germany https://t.co/xkfF5J8Z38
Best way to steal thunder from neo Nazis festival (called SS ironically)?Just steal their beer! https://t.co/SnyQ8Bik9G— Rahul Joshi (@rahul_1064) June 24, 2019
This is awesome and creative: inhabitants of the town Ostritz in Saxony (eastern Germany) bought all the beer available in local supermarkets to protest a neo-nazi festival called "Schild und Schwert" taking place in their town. No beer for nazis! https://t.co/6aLxSlrxYl— Gordon Feld (@GordonFeld) June 24, 2019
GOOD JOB MATES! https://t.co/smfL9IGy91— Nico Castromassi (@NicoCastromassi) June 24, 2019
Thx to the close-home locals of mine for their creativity: neo-Nazis organized a 'festival'. And the people bought all the beer from the only grocery store. Sure, sober neo-Nazis are still what they are. But there was no violence in Ostritz this year ...https://t.co/uGlE5EpvoS— Swen Steinberg (@SwenSteinberg) June 23, 2019
Brilliant! After city confiscates beer for neo-Nazi festival, citizens of East German town buy up all beer in town store. ???? https://t.co/qsMRQb3d5R— Cas Mudde ⚠️ (@CasMudde) June 23, 2019
#Counterspeech, best served cold.— Brittan Heller (@brittanheller) June 22, 2019
To protest a neo-Nazi festival in Germany, citizens bought up all the beer in town. The local Monastery loaded more than 100 cases of beer on a trailer and drove it away, as the Neo-Nazis watched. https://t.co/G3fbEEkNj5 via @faznet
Neo-Nazi festival in Saxony. Police already confiscated all alcohol after a court decision.— ClipHead (@C1ipHead) June 22, 2019
Now the citizens of #Ostritz bought all 120 crates of #beer from the local supermarket. ????#NoBeerForNazis #KeinBierFürNazis https://t.co/fmPdFeWDya
not the flashiest protest, but pretty cool of people in sachsen to buy up all the beer to ensure the neo-nazi festival is filled with sad sober neo-nazishttps://t.co/TqnVuNURtw— Jeffrey Kirkwood (@JeffreyKirkwood) June 22, 2019