The Identitaire movement emerged several years ago as a response by young people to mass immigration and the Islamization of France. The idea spread to other European countries, and even to Quebec. The Austrian Identitaires have staged some notable actions since their chapter of the movement was founded.
Now the German Identitaires have hit the headlines by taking over the Brandenburg Gate on Saturday August 27. As the following video makes clear, the German government intends to crack down hard on the Identitaires and nip them in the bud.
Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below is an article on the same topic from B.Z., also translated by Nash Montana:
Right-Wing Activists Occupy Brandenburg Gate
Up to 15 persons climbed the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin on Sunday night. The Identitaire movement took responsibility for the action.
What were most likely right-wing activists occupied the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Up to fifteen people climbed to the top of the symbolic structure in the city’s center, said a spokesperson for the police. The activists climbed all the way to the Quadriga, the four horses and chariot. The occupation lasted for roughly an hour before the police put an end to the shenanigans.
On banners and flyers the “Identity Movement” took responsibility for the action. The group is being watched by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. They are against supposed foreign infiltration and Islamization. Police officers were on location to clear the situation. The area directly in front of the Brandenburg Gate was completely blocked, off according to eyewitnesses.
Spontaneously, chants such as “Nazis out” were heard on the Paris Plaza against the appearance of the Identitaire movement. Just below the Quadriga a banner with the slogan “Secure borders — secure future” was attached. After the police prompted them to, the activists cleared the landmark of the capital city.
Berlin’s Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) has condemned this brief occupation sharply. “It is simply despicable the way enemies of our democracy attempt with such actions to take over a symbol that stands for a democratic, peaceful and globally open-minded Germany,” Müller said Saturday.
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution sees in the Identity movement certain indications of challenges of a free democratic constitution. The group has French roots, and has been active in Germany since 2012.
|0:00||Supporters of the rightwing extremist group Identitaire|
|0:03||occupied the Brandenburg Tor on Saturday|
|0:06||and rolled their banner out.|
|0:09||With this action the group said they want to demonstrate against|
|0:12||the asylum politics of the German government.|
|0:15||Many spectators reacted spontaneously with chants|
|0:18||and yelled “Nazis out”. The serving Mayor called this a despicable action,|
|0:21||that these enemies of Democracy tried to take over a symbol|
|0:24||that stands for a democratic, peaceful,|
|0:27||and globally open-minded Germany.|
|0:30||After about fifty minutes the demonstration ended.|
|0:33||The police took all personal information of the rightwing extremists|
|0:36||and are now investigating them for coercion, trespassing,|
|0:39||and violations of the law for the right to assembly.|
|0:42||The Identitaire movement exists in various European countries,|
|0:45||and is directed particularly against the immigration|
|0:48||of Muslims into Europe.|
|0:51||To achieve their goals the group relies on the internet,|
|0:54||other media of pop culture, and effective public guerrilla actions.|
|0:57||Since mid-August the Identitaire movement has been watched|
|1:00||by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.|
|1:03||Their activities are against the freedom-oriented democratic constitution,|
|1:06||says the government.