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About 500 “right-wing” protestors in Schwerin, Germany, were given free protest signs and stickers for their an “anti-Islamization” march. The materials bore the Internet domain; “Mvgida” is the name of the “xenophobic, anti-Islam organization” that had stirred up the protest by the self-proclaimed neo-Nazis, part of a larger organization called Pegida. But the web site at that address is actually a pro-immigration site promoting tolerance. The site urged “Loathed Pegida supporters! Inform yourself and don’t just parrot slogans.” It also promoted “EXIT Deutschland” — a group that helps neo-Nazis renounce their radical politics. Last year, anti-protest activists got pledges to support EXIT if neo-Nazis went ahead with a planned march in Wunsiedel. Despite knowing about it, the Nazis did march, thus generating 10 euros (US$12.50) in support for the organization for every meter they walked, while anti-Nazi demonstrators on the sidelines cheered. Pegida’s next march, scheduled for Dresden, has been cancelled. (RC/Washington Post) ...Outsmarting white supremacists: it’s both satisfying and easy.
Original Publication Date: 22 February 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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