Each Monday, we are presented with the same scene at Berlin main station: About 80 Bärgida protestors, equipped with numerous flags, start marching though Berlin Mitte, shouting racist slogans and agitate against refugees in their speeches. Also each week, the action committee Aktionsbündnis #No Bärgida accompanies them with a counter protest.
On September 5, Bärgida had planned to pass Friedrichstadt-Palast on their march, where they were faced with a clear statement: In front of the building, the revue theatre had put up Berlin gegen Nazis’ 4 meter tall inflatable bear, and draped from the roof was a huge Berlin gegen Nazis banner (photo credit: Friedrichstadt-Palast).
Amadeu Antonio Stiftung was meant to be a further target of Bärgida. The foundation has for years been engaged in working against right-wing extremism, racism and anti-Semitism. They were prepared to meet Bärgida, too:
Bärgidas march however was stopped short befor reaching either building as a sit-in protest blocked their route:
Bärgida Nummer 88 erfolgreich verhindert. Bleibt noch zusammen und genießt euren Erfolg, nur mit euch war es möglich!
— NoBärgida (@nopegida_berlin) 5. September 2016