Germany: Counter-protests hit Bielefeld as far-right supporters call for Holocaust denier's release

Multiple counter-protests hit Bielefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia on Saturday, as a march by supporters of the far right took place in the city on Saturday. Demonstrators from the so-called 'Alliance Against the Right,' among whom were members of trade unions, churches and associations, rallied under the banner 'Fascism is not an opinion, but a crime.' A heavy police presence was deployed... Еще. Supporters of the far-right party Die Rechte (The Right) marched through the streets of Bielefeld, demanding the release of author Ursula Haverbeck, who is serving a sentence for Holocaust denial and inciting hatred. The far-right march took place on the occasion of Haverbeck's 91st birthday on November 8, and it coincided with the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht (also known as the November Pogroms or the 'Night of Broken Glass'). November 9, 1938 marked the beginning of the November Pogroms, which saw the destruction of thousands of Jewish businesses and 267 synagogues throughout Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. Some 30,000 Jewish men were detained and sent to concentration camps.

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