2017 is the year that Neo-Nazis and other white supremacists crawled out from under rocks, and assembled in public.
Festering fascism has produced an immune response in the body politic, and that response has spilled over into trade fairs.
Reuters and other sources report that
Neo-Nazi far-right publishers were the focus of protests, and the source of violence, at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week.
Goetz Kubitschek, a leading light of Germany’s far right, stood in his stall at the world’s biggest book fair on Wednesday, ignoring the hostile glances from activists, politicians and writers close by.
The presence of the firebrand speaker - a regular at rallies that helped push the anti-immigrant Anternative for Germany (AfD) party to its strong showing in last month’s vote - touched a raw nerve at Frankfurt’s annual literature fest.
Across from his position in the city’s fair ground, the anti-extremist Amadeu Antonio Foundation held a vigil to reject what it described as his racism and hostility to democracy.
TheLocal.de has a more detailed report on the protests and counter-protests.
DW has a more detailed report on the multiple acts of protests as well as attacks on protesters:
When protesters began shouting "Nazis out!" Höcke's supporters retorted with "Everybody hates the Antifa!" They were referring to the radical left-wing anti-fascist movement that has now itself achieved international notoriety. Police were called to intervene. Later in the day, two authors from the right-wing extremist Identitarian Movement were forced to abandon a reading due to loud protests.
Those scenes followed a violent incident in which Nico Wehnemann, a member of the anti-political group Die Partei, was attacked after showing up at a right-wing stand to protest. Wehnemann claimed he was punched by a neo-Nazi and then pushed to the ground by private security as police looked on.
His personal details were taken, Wehnemann said, though not those of the man who attacked him. Onlookers are said to have chanted "Sieg Heil!" as Wehnemann was escorted from the premises. Wehnemann later went to the hospital to have his injuries treated and has said he will be pressing charges.
Does anyone know if the far-right publishers were exhibitors at the FBF in previous years? And did anyone protest their presence?
While researching this story, I could not find any reports of protests at past book fairs. This made it hard to gauge just how much these events differ from before.
Is this a new thing, or are the protests bigger than before?
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