Reporting from Berlin – 4/11/2012
Photos: Giacomo Cosua
The theme for this demonstration was: “Das Problem heißt Rassismus” (The problem is racism”)
Today was the day to remember the murders committed by the NSU (National Socialist Underground), that is a far-right German terror group which was uncovered in November 2011.
The Neo Nazi terrorists murders, a murder series of nine immigrants (eight Turkish and one Greek) between 9 September 2000 and 6 April 2006, the murder of a policewoman and attempted murder of her colleague, the 2001 and 2004 Cologne bombings and a series of 14 bank robberies have been attributed to the NSU so far. The Attorney General of Germany called the NSU a “right-wing extremist group”, who have the purpose to “kill out of xenophobic and anti-state sentiments all citizens of foreign origin”.
On 4 November 2011, after a bank robbery in Eisenach, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt were found shot dead in a mobile home, which was burning. Police say they set the vehicle on fire and committed suicide when their vehicle was found. In that caravan, the service pistol (HK P2000) of murdered police woman Michéle Kiesewetter was found. Some hours later on the same day, their flat in Zwickau, where the trio had lived under false identities, also was set on fire and an explosion occurred. Beate Zschäpe, the third core member of the terrorist group, is suspected of having caused that. She later turned herself in on advice from her lawyer and is now in custody awaiting charges.
One of the claim of the demonstration was about asking the Government to abolish the German Secret Service, because from their point of view it failed to prevent the crimes committed by the NSU.