Broad protests against a neo-Nazi march in Hohenschönhausen

Update 9 +++ Saturday, October 3, 2020, Berlin, 11:00 - The right-wing extremist party “Der III. Weg” has announced a march from 14:00 to 20:00 in Berlin. The route leads through a residential area in Hohenschönhausen (Lichtenberg). Broad protests against the neo-Nazi march of local and Berlin-wide alliances will start from 11:00. (as of October 01, 2020)

The planned route of the neo-Nazi march is known; it leads through a residential area from the S-Bahn station Wartenberg with an interim rally at Linden-Center back to the S-Bahn station Wartenberg in Hohenschönhausen. 

For detailed information about the counter protests, the joint journey to Hohenschönhausen and the assessment of the neo-Nazi march see below, following this brief overview.

Maps neo-Nazi march October 3, 2020, Hohenschönhausen (Berlin-Lichtenberg)

View the map online via our Smartphone-App “Gegen Nazis“ ,with optional service of display of your current location.

Map I From everywhere to Hohenschönhausen:

Please note: The thin orange lines are visualizations of the arrival routes, not demonstrations. More information to follow.

Map II Wartenberg/Hohenschönhausen:

Routes and rally locations – Hohenschönhausen/Lichtenberg

(as of September 30, 2020)

  • 11:00-12:30 Uhr counter protest kick-off event – Bündnis für ein weltoffenes und tolerantes Berlin – in front of Bahnhof Lichtenberg – immediately after the joint journey to Hohenschönhausen
  • 11:00/13:00 Uhr main counter protest event – “Bunter Wind“ – Zingster Straße ( Linden-Center) – stage program to start at 13:00 
  • 11:00 Uhr counter protest event – “Bunter Wind“, Jusos Lichtenberg – Egon-Erwin-Kisch-Str/Falkenberger Chaussee (east of S-Hohenschönhausen)
  • 11:00 Uhr counter protest event – Berliner Bündnis gegen Rechts – Zingster Straße/Ribnitzer Straße (RIZ-Center)
  • 12:00 Uhr counter protest demonstration – Aufstehen gegen Rassismus & VVN-BdA –  starting point: Ribnitzer Straße/Wustrower Straße (direct near S-Wartenberg) 

-> Route: Wustrower Straße, Ahrenshooper Straße, Zingster Straße, Ahrenshooper Straße, Zingster Straße, Wustrower Straße, Falkenberger Straße

  • 12:00 Uhr counter protest event – bike parade Fahrradkorso #care4future Rave, Reclaim Club Culture – starting point: Greifswalder Straße at Thälmann memorial 

-> route:  Greifswalder Straße, Berliner Allee, split of the route at Berliner Allee / Buschallee

Northern section continues as bike parade via: Berliner Allee, Malchower Chausee, Dorfstraße, Wartenberger Weg, Egon-Erwin-Kisch-Straße, short stop at Vorplatz S Wartenberg, Egon-Erwin-Kisch-Straße, Wartenberger Weg, Dorfstraße,Malchower Chausee,Berliner Allee, Buschallee, Hansastraße / Malchower Weg (Hansa-Center)

Southern section continues as demonstration via: Buschallee, Suermondtstraße, Degnerstraße, Malchower Weg / Falkenberger Chauseee (Hansa-Center)

Joint travel back to the city centre and to join the bike parade in Mitte:

Hansastraße, Berliner Allee, Richtung Innenstadt

  • 13:00 set up / 14:00 – 20:00 Uhr neo-Nazi march “Der III.Weg“-

Route: S-Bahnhof Wartenberg – Ribnitzer Straße – Darßer Straße, Falkenberger Chaussee – Zingster Straße – interim rally at Linden-Center/Zingster Straße – Zingster Straße – Ribnitzer Straße – S-Bahnhof Wartenberg 

Broad protests in Hohenschönhausen/Lichtenberg

Numerous initiatives and alliances mobilize to join their counter protests against this march. Berlin’s civil society will not leave the residents of Lichtenberg alone with the neo-Nazis.

In order to prevent infection, all organizing initiatives and alliances kindly ask the participants at the protests to adhere to the rules of distance and to wear mouth and nose protectors, as well as to comply with the respective hygiene concepts.

Bunter Wind Lichtenberg 

Bunter Wind Lichtenberg, a joint campaign of many organizations, initiatives and individuals from Lichtenberg has issued a call for protest and mobilized to join a central protest rally against the neo-Nazi march at Linden-Center in Hohenschönhausen. The rally is scheduled to start at 11:00 and the stage program at 13:00, with the rally serving as meeting point.

The following speakers will take part at the rally:

  • Petra Pau (Bundestagsvizepräsidentin)
  • Dr. Gesine Lötzsch (MdB Die Linke)
  • Michael Grunst (Bezirksbürgermeister Lichtenberg – Die Linke)
  • Kevin Hönicke (stellv. Bezirksbürgermeister Lichtenberg – SPD)
  • Hannah Neumann (Europaabgeordnete, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen)
  • Claudia Engelmann (Vorsitzende Jugendhilfeausschuss, BVV Lichtenberg)
  • Dagmar Pötzsch (Arbeitskreis Stolpersteine Lichtenberg)

Live music program:

MAL ÉLEVÉSolo-Sep & sein Stehrumchen und die Habibi-Band

Further events by Bunter Wind are hosted by Jusos Lichtenberg at Egon-Erwin-Kisch-Straße/Falkenberger Chausse at 11:00, as well as the joint kick-off event at Lichtenberg train station together with the alliance Bündnis für ein weltoffenes und tolerantes Berlin.

The call to protest for October 3. states:

We call on you to join the protests in support of a Society of the Many on October 3. Together we will prove to the neo-Nazis and their sympathizers that there is no space for their racist agitation in our district. 

The alliance Bündnis für ein weltoffenes und tolerantes Berlin, an alliance of churches, trade unions, sports and welfare associations as well as further civil society organizations, calls to join their kick-off rally of the joint protests at 11:00 at Lichtenberg train station under the slogan “#Wirsindda – – für eine bunte und solidarische Gesellschaft”.

member organization of the alliance Bündnis für ein weltoffenes und tolerantes Berlin 

Speakers at the rally:

The call of the alliance Bündnis für ein weltoffenes und tolerantes Berlin states: 

The political party, which is ideologically oriented towards the NSDAP, explicitly propagates racism against alleged non-Germans and hatred towards liberal or cosmopolitan people who are committed to a diverse society. Such actions prove that National Socialist and racist ideas are not a thing of the past. We do not accept this unanswered! We are committed to the defense and protection of an open and democratic society. German history serves as warning for us to take action: The horrors of the National Socialist dictatorship must not be repeated!

Berliner Bündnis gegen Rechts, an alliance of associations, federations as well as left and anti-fascist groups, calls to join their counter protest at the marching route of the neo-Nazis in Hohenschönhausen and announces “blockades” of the neo-Nazi march, with escalation-free human following a hygiene concept. The meeting point of the alliance is 1:00 at Ostkreuz train station. Simultaneously, the Alliance will also host a rally at the intersection of Ribnitzer Straße and Zingster Strasse in Hohenschönhausen from 11:00.

The call of the alliance state:

“Der III. Weg” is a neo-Nazi micro-party and its members are ardent supporters of National Socialism. Most of them have previously been organized in Nazi comradeships, which have since been banned. Wherever this party marches, a climate of fear and violence is created against women migrants, those who think differently, and those who live differently. (…) We do not want Nazis in our city, neither on the third of October nor on any other day.

Reclaim Club Culture, an alliance of clubs, cultural collectives, festivals, and party crews also calls for the third of October to protest neo-Nazis in Hohenschönhausen, as well as the renewed conspiracy ideological, right-wing extremist and Reichsbürger assemblies in Mitte (see also Berlin gegen Nazis), where incidentally the neo-Nazis of “Der III. Weg” have been participating since the past spring, and also at the large demonstrations of August 1 and 29.

Under the slogan “#care4futurerave,  Reclaim Club Culture hosts two raves for a solidary society. Starting point for a bike parade from Prenzlauer Berg to the marching route of the neo-Nazis in Hohenschönhausen is at 12:00 at Greifswalder Straße at Thälmanndenkmal memorial.

The ReclaimClubCulture-call states:  

MIT ABSTAND TANZEN STATT MIT RECHTEN KUSCHELN, don’t smooch with right-wing extremists, dance at a distance. To party is political. On the dance floors we negotiate our models of society; diverse, inclusive and colorful. The dance floors of the city have been gathering dust for months, so we take our future to the streets: radical, loud, anti-fascist, and in solidarity. We mask ourselves and keep our distance, as an expression of solidarity, and as part of our anti-fascist practice. To protect those at risk in particular, people in care work, and all those who are surrounded by many people every day due to their occupation. Keeping our distance to the right is the motto.

In the vicinity of the alliance Aufstehen gegen Rassismus , a further, even broader action committee has formed. From residents’ initiatives such as Hufeisern gegen Rechts of Neukölln-Britz, the residents’ initiative for civil courage Anwohner*inneninitiative für Zivilcourage – Gegen Rechts from Mitte, to the allinace Spandauer Bündnis gegen Rechts based in Spandau, committed people from all districts of Berlin will join parties, youth organizations and city-wide initiatives such as Omas gegen Rechts Berlin and Berliner Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes – Bund der Antifaschist_innen VVN-BdA will show solidarity with the residents of Lichtenberg and take to the streets united in Hohenschönhausen against the neo-Nazis.

The call for the action committee states:

We represent an open-minded, diverse Berlin and the coexistence in solidarity regardless of origin, religion, skin color and sexual orientation. To this end, we will take to the streets on October 3 – loud and strong. We are not surrendering our city to the Nazis! We call on all Berliners to join us opposing “Der III. Weg” and its entourage united! Come to the rallies, demonstrations and protest events along the marching route.

On September 17, the district assembly BVV Lichtenberg passed a resolution against the neo-Nazi march on October 3.

Check our Facebook-Event for up to date infos on the counter protests.

Multilingual resident information in Hohenschönhausen

Together with many local actors and organizations, a residents’ flyer campaign is currently underway in Hohenschönhausen with Fach-und Netzwerkstelle Licht-Blicke and Berlin gegen Nazis. 

In German, English, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Polish, the neighborhood is informed about the neo-Nazi march, the exact route, and ways to participate in the protest.

Where the neo-Nazis of “Der III.Weg” have  occasionally posted their racist leaflets, there is now information on the counter protests provided comprehensively. Here’s the info flyer available to download.

Fach-und Netzwerkstelle Licht-Blicke has published a leaflet including ideas on how to support the protests of local initiatives and beyond.

Joint journey to Hohenschönhausen

The route to Hohenschönhausen is long and public transportation will also be used by arriving neo-Nazis. Therefore, there will be several joint journey groups to travel safely to Hohenschönhausen.

11:00 Uhr – S Ostkreuz, Sonntagsstraße entrance

-> meeting point of Berliner Bündnis gegen Rechts. Together directly to Hohenschönhausen by S-Bahn.

From 12:30 Uhr Lichtenberg train station

-> Joint travel following the kick-off event by Auftaktkundgebung vom Bündnis für ein weltoffenes und tolerantes Berlin in front of Lichtenberg train station, scheduled to take place from 11:00  – 12:30. Afterwards to the central counter protest location in Hohenschönhausen by S-Bahn and Regionalbahn:

S75 departing times Bahnhof Lichtenberg – 03.10.2020

  • 12:23  – arrival S Hohenschönhausen 12:36 
  • 12:33  – arrival S Hohenschönhausen 12:46 
  • 12:43  – arrival S Hohenschönhausen 12:56 
  • 12:53  – arrival S Hohenschönhausen 13:06 

RB 12 to Templin – departing time Bahnhof Lichtenberg – 03.10.2020

  • 12:51  – arrival Bf Hohenschönhausen 12:59 

further meeting points for joint travel to the kick-off event or directly to Hohenschönhausen: 

  • 10:00  Landsberger Allee/Danziger Straße in front of SEZ

-> joint travel to the kick-off event at Lichtenberg train station with KUF Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

  • 10:15 Strausberg (Brandenburg) S-Bahnhof Stadt Strausberg

-> joint travel to the counter protests with  VVN-BdA Märkisch-Oderland

  • 11:00 S Neukölln 

-> joint travel with Aufstehen gegen Rassismus Neukölln

  • 12:00 S Schöneweide 

-> joint travel with Zentrum für Demokratie Treptow-Köpenick

  • 12:30 Uhr S Köpenick

-> joint travel with Café Köpenick

Assessment of the neo-Nazi party “Der III.Weg”

Mobile Beratung gegen Rechtsextremismus Berlin – MBR characterizes the party “der III. Weg” as follows in their first assessment:

“Der III. Weg” is a right-wing extremist micro-party founded in 2013 by former NPD functionaries and activists of forbidden comradeships. In terms of content, it has a decidedly neo-Nazi profile. Its “10-Punkte Programm”, which is based on the NSDAP’s party program, clarifies in its formulation the party’s self-conception as a radical, “national-revolutionary” alternative to the other organizational approaches on the scene, and has set itself the goal of “creating a German socialism, far from exploitative capitalism as well as egalitarian communism”. The main focus of his activities is on East and South Germany. The party is considered a melting pot for supporters of banned right-wing extremist groups from the militant neo-Nazi scene.

The party sees itself as a cadre party which, despite participation in elections, focuses on the “fight for the street” and accepts members only after a selection process. It is divided into various “territorial associations” to which several federal states belong. (…)

This year, an increase of activities of “Der III. Weg” can be observed in Berlin: For example, supporters of the party, including the “Gebietsverbandsleiter Mitte”, took part in the so-called “Corona protests” several times. Furthermore, there have recently been more frequent distributions of leaflets in several districts, including Britz (Neukölln), Tegel (Reinickendorf) and various areas of Treptow-Köpenick. (…)

“Der III. Weg” has always staged its assemblies in a deliberately martial way. Its followers usually march in unison, sometimes wearing uniform and often in marching formation accompanied by drum beats. This will also be expected in Berlin.

Even though local activities have increased somewhat recently, the local group of people is limited. However, due to the nationwide mobilization, a supra-regional gathering of right-wing extremists must be expected, which is facilitated by the date as a holiday. The fact that this year, there have been few events in which supporters and sympathizers have been able to participate due to COVID-19, should increase the motivation to take part. In addition, Berlin has always been highly symbolic for right-wing extremists (both historically and nowadays) and this is the party’s first march in the capital.

Source: MBR Berlin

All information subject to change. Current information also on Twitter using hashtag #b0310

On the weekend of October 3, further right-wing extremist and conspiracy ideological groups, as well as supporters of Reichsbürger ideology have announced smaller marches in Berlin. Counter protests are in preparation. An overview can be found here (only in german).