German Village Hoards Beer To Leave Neo-Nazi Festival Dry

Germans buy all of town’s beer to keep it away from visiting neo-Nazis

Germans buy all of town’s beer to keep it away from visiting neo-Nazis

Neo-Nazi rock festivals typically conjure up images of shaven-headed, bare-chested, pot-bellied white men guzzling beer and raising their right arms in Hitler salutes over an unrelenting soundtrack provided by "white power" bands.

Ostritz cops seized almost 5000 litres of beer from attendees over the weekend, while the almost town's 2700 citizens purchased 200 crates of ale from local supermarkets so the right-wing rockers couldn't restock, according to the BBC.

The ban was a new tool in the fight against neo-Nazi influence.

Any fun set to happen at the Schild und Schwert Festival (Shield and Sword Festival) in the east German town of Ostritz was initially thwarted by local police who imposed an alcohol ban on the event.

Saxony police tweeted that they had confiscated alcoholic beverages.

An Ostritz anti-Nazi activist, Georg Salditt, told Germany's Bild daily: "The plan was devised a week in advance". We wanted to dry the Nazis out. "We thought, if there's going to be an alcohol ban, we'll buy up everything at Penny (a German grocery store)".

Ostritz locals buy entire town's beer supply.

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According to the outlet, Ostritz "already has a reputation for far-right activism" - a position some residents are eager to separate themselves.

Germany's Süddeutsche Zeitung daily estimated that 500-600 fans attended the festival, compared with some 1,200 past year.

About 1,400 police were deployed at the festival, including hundreds from other parts of Germany. Saxony regional police said the operation went smoothly and there were just a few minor incidents.

The locals tried to make sure the neo-Nazis would be sad and sober.

On the same weekend as the music festival were two counter-protests in the town, as well as a Peace Festival commemorating the 100th anniversary of the local soccer team.

Chemnitz, an eastern city, saw big far-right demonstrations last August.

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