Saturday, August 27, 2016

"Hipster Right-Wingers" Hang Anti-immigrant Banner from Brandenburg Gate

"Secure Borders - Secure Future"

Earlier today, protesters from the so-called Identitarian Movement scaled the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and staged an hour-long protest, which included the unfurling of a large banner.

Members of the movement have been described by Breibart as "hipster right-wingers." See their video at the end of this post.
(They) don’t have the typical “right wing” look often seen in the media. The young men and women look like average 20 somethings, no bald heads or combat boots, but plenty of hipster beards and fashionable haircuts.
Hip or not, the state has announced that the Identitarians are now under surveillance:
Germany's domestic intelligence agency said this month it was putting the far-right group under observation because it aims to subvert democracy. 
A spokesman for the agency said this month there were indications the group's activities went 'against the free democratic order'. 
Leaflets scattered by the group claimed the government is trying to replace Germany's population with Muslim immigrants. 
Berlin Mayor Michael Muller described the Brandenburg Gate protest as a 'disgusting' act carried out by enemies of democracy, according to Germany's RBB 24. 
'Berliners will not allow the Brandenburg Gate [to be] misused as a symbol of exclusion,' he added
Increasingly, the language of the current German authorities resembles the language of the East German authorities a generation ago. Though polls now show that the majority of the German people disagree with the government's immigration policy, opposition to that policy is now equated with "subversion" or an "anti-democratic" mentality.

I well remember the footage of ecstatic citizens dancing on top of the Berlin wall, where only days before they would have been shot. The pervasive East German police state had seemed invulnerable and virtually no one expected anything but very gradual change.  But what had seemed impossible occurred literally over-night.

Things appear different today. The current German quasi-police state probably has more popular support than the East German Communist party every did. Then again, we weren't prepared in 1989 either.

As I've written before, in the long run, only the Catholic Church can save Europe.

But in the short run, I'm with the hipsters.