The Mob That Wasn’t

JLH has translated two articles (and provided additional context) about what really happened during the “manhunt” in Chemnitz during last August’s protests.

The Mob That Wasn’t — Part 1

by JLH

From Tichys Einblick:

“This video has brought the citizens of Chemnitz[1] into disrepute. The federal chancellor spoke of hounding (of foreigners) and — in the ensuing coalition crisis — the head of federal security was fired.

Tichys Einblick has found the woman who recorded it. “Hase, du bleibst hier” (Rabbit,[2] you stay here) has become a famous phrase. The video is supposed to prove that that such hounding of foreigners happened in Chemnitz. Talking with the woman who made the video shows what it really was.”

There was no chasing down of foreigners on August 26, 2018. Even though the chancellor was so sure there had been. On August 27th, government spokesperson Steffen Seibert commented as follows on the events in Chemnitz. “Such ganging-up, hounding people who look different or come from somewhere else, or trying to spread hate in the streets — that we will not stand for.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel expanded on it in an interview the following day: “We have video recordings that show hate-hounding, mobbing up, hate in the streets, and that has no place in our nation of laws.” She supported this with a 19-second video distributed by a group called “Antifa Zeckenbiss” (Antifa Tick-bite).

Tichys Einblick has found the original source of the short video, and now reveals the background in Chemnitz. The video does not document any hounding or “manhunts.” A palpable governmental crisis: the head of national security discharged, the minister of the interior under considerable pressure, a chancellor and her press representative taken in by the media. All because an ominous group named “Antifa Zeckenbiss” acquired a short video sequence, published it and falsely claimed that this was how a mob hounded immigrants.

The public media — Tagesschau, Heute, Tagesthemen, Heute Journal — play this sequence in endless loops. Frontal 21 is especially over-the-top. The media write of a “manhunt video,” “hate video” or “ persecution video.” 19 seconds of video are featured in the lead media worldwide as alleged proof of pogroms in Saxony (Augstein), and also hundreds of thousands of times in the social media such as Facebook.

Chemnitz hits the headlines all over the world. Up to and including the New York Times, the reports are shockingly uncritical and steeped in ignorance. On the basis of 19 seconds of video taken from a Chemnitz WhatsApp group by Antifa Zeckenbiss agitprop journalists.

None of it is true.

After weeks of research, Tichys Einblick has found the originator of the 19-second video (“Rabbit, you stay here”) and now reveals the “scandalous” events at Chemnitz. Our investigations confirm the statements of Security chief, Hans-Georg Maaßen, who has meanwhile been discharged from office because he denied these events in four short sentences, and thereby crossed the chancellor. No persecution of immigrants can be confirmed with this alleged proof. This is purposefully false information. Even then, Maaßen is understating. He dares to contradict the chancellor, who was taken in by the media. Result: a government crisis.

Moderately, Maaßen announced in Bild that Security has no reliable information on persecutions in Chemnitz. No confirmation has been found that the 19-second video is authentic, or that could confirm the political-media description of a “hunt.” And then — very aptly from our recent perspective — his conclusion: According to his “cautious assessment” there are clear indications that this is purposefully false information, possibly intended to divert public attention from the murder in Chemnitz.

Exactly what happened on August 26 is not yet fully clarified, even though Saxony’s governor promised “clarification” three months ago. Thus far, however, the only thing clarified is that there were confrontations between two groups of men. Bild wrote: “A Syrian (23) and an Iraqi (22) are suspected of cooperating in manslaughter. They are in custody. The official report on the commission of the crime is: The accused are suspected of stabbing a 35-year-old German husband and father to death on Brückenstraße in Chemnitz, without justifiable reason, after an argument.” Dead of six stab wounds is the 35-year-old Cuban-born Daniel Hillig, whose two friends are severely wounded. Bianca X., Daniel’s life partner, does not know in what hospital Daniel died. Days later, not far from the Chemnitz Karl Marx monument — the “Nischel” (the Niche) — Bianca, weeping loudly, kneels before the memorial to Daniel with her 7-year-old son.

Long after the attack, the square is still edged by grave candles and flower bouquets. For weeks at night, it has been protected from Antifa attacks by residents. Last Friday, at one of the regular demonstrations, the police loudspeaker downplayed it as the “scene of an accident.” But that is not what it is for many Chemnitzers. They prevent the removal of candles and flowers. For some, the scene of the crime has become a memorial, while others want to forget the incident.

Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 7:54 A.M.

As soon as five hours after the deed, Tag 24 reports online and per Facebook: “35-year-old dies after a stabbing in the city.” People in and around Chemnitz are shocked. Seven hours later, 100 Chemnitz residents are silent mourners around the pool of blood. An hour later — shaken — they leave the scene of the crime.

Close to 4:00 P.M., more Chemnitzers come to the inner city, to get an idea of the situation and learn more particulars. The city authorities cancel the city fair already in progress. Another video shows at least a thousand Chemnitzers walking through the city in a spontaneous funeral procession, now and then blocked by the police, to ultimately gather around the pool of blood. Meanwhile, citizens silently place candles and flowers on the asphalt. The originator of the 19-second video is among the mourners.

The murder of Daniel Hiller is being pursued by the prosecutor’s office as “manslaughter.”

Tichys Einblick now reveals the scandalous activities around the Karl Marx monument. After probably hundreds of so-called “isolated incidents” of “immigrant criminality” since the autumn of 2015, the death of Daniel Hillig finally brought the pot to a boil, said the closest friends of the murdered pater familias. They even said that Daniel had often told his life partner “not to be on the streets alone in the evening in Chemnitz.” And so Chemnitz becomes a place where differing narratives clash. Is it an isolated incident, as the police and political establishment try to describe, to prevent further escalation, or is it a consequence of uncontrolled immigration?

After the many “isolated incidents” before the very front doors of thousands of “concerned citizens,” the stab wounds in Daniel Hillig’s body transformed not just the people of Chemnitz to “enraged citizens.”

On the streets, they shout, “We are the people,” and are denigrated by media and politicians. The media show sky photos and short scenes of (mostly drunken) “Sieg-Heilers” — among whom can also be seen the leftist extremist tattooing “RAF” on the back of the hand. There are thousands of “concerned citizens” who gather before the Karl Marx monument, sometimes in family groups. They move peacefully through the streets, enveloped by the cries of “Die, Germany!” from the Antifa loudspeakers. That however, does not appear in the news reports. Calling the citizen movement Pro Chemnitz “proximate to the Nazis”, as the mass media do, is grossly fraudulent. Consequently, the citizens intone the reproaches about the Lügenpresse (lying press). A headline in the local Freie Presse only a few weeks ago: “Sexual attacks in Chemnitz. A new incident nearly ever day.” The paper’s explanation for its readers: The weather is responsible for the almost daily “isolated incidents” — that is, the heat of the summer sun, and not the immigrants to “diverse” Chemnitz.

But after the pan-regional uproar about the “human hunt,” it was the editor-in-chief of the Freie Presse who wrote: “We have not seen a ‘pursuit’ in the sense that people are hounded along over a long time and distance by other people.

“We also know of no video that documents such a scene.”

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 11:30 A.M.

A restaurant in Chemnitz. The first, and thus far only, contact with the 35-year-old creator of the 19-second video, and her 38-year-old husband. The couple are employed by different businesses. Both of them — like other witnesses we spoke with — put one condition on the interview: that they remain anonymous. They are afraid of mortally vengeful acts by the militant Antifa Zeckenbiss and its ilk. Therefore, they are referred to as Kathrin and Thomas B. We compiled their statements and had them authorized by both of them.

“The 19-second video was recorded at 4:52 P.M. on the Sunday of the act, shortly before our mourning procession reached the spot of the attack on Daniel,” Kathrin B. reports on the origin of the video sequence. “Things had become very crowded around the procession, so the women were moved into the middle of the group. There were no foreigner-hostile shouts. Nothing right-radical. In the distance we heard ‘We are the people.’ Soon after that, it was reported later, we broke through a blockade. But no such blockade ever existed.”

Thomas B. continues: “Kathrin got her cell phone out of her pocket too late, so the 19 seconds do not describe the whole event near the bus stop authentically. Before, there had been a bad provocation against us mourners. By two young immigrants who were standing next to the bus stop and actually looked like us.”

Kathrin B.: “They had come toward us aggressively and harassed us and probably shouted — although it was hard to understand — ‘Piss off.’ So we remember that.”

“Then there was physical contact with the two of them, and one of our friends had the contents of a beer mug thrown into his face and over his clothes.” The camera was (now) turned on, because Kathrin B. thought: ‘Now it’s going to get rough.’”

Kathrin feared that Thomas would start toward the two aggressive immigrants and called out to him, as is clearly audible in the video, “Hase, du bleibst her!”

Kathrin: “It was possibly not the only attack by immigrants on our procession. Shouted threats, probably in Arabic, could be heard in the distance. From where we were, we did not witness the ‘finger’ gesture reported later by other marchers. But there was also no persecution by chasing nor any ‘manhunt’. And we are prepared to swear to that.”

In the evening, Kathrin uploaded her short video to her closed “citizen” group of the social media service WhatsApp. It is not yet explained how agents of Antifa-Zeckenbiss acquired Kathrin’s 19-second video, which, in their time, they allowed to explode online as the pseudo-”manhunt” video.

Tichys Einblick will report further and publish the complete results in a book.

1.   Known from 1953 to 1990 (during the GDR) as Karl Marx City.
2.   The term “rabbit” is used, being more familiar to American English. “Hase” is analogous to “hare” or “jack rabbit” — a larger cousin of the rabbit. As we may see, the phrase “Hase, du bleibst hier” — meant as a familiar demand from a wife to her husband — was taken by the press and others to be a threat designed to freeze a victim in place.

Why does this remind me of the notorious video that sent its maker to prison, and was blamed for “spontaneous” violence at Benghazi?

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The Mob That Wasn’t — Part 2

by JLH

The following is a Politically Incorrect analysis of Merkel’s belated visit to Chemnitz. The gall required to carry off this visit is reminiscent of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony concerning the Benghazi incident.

Chemnitz: the Perpetrator Visits the Scene of the Crime — The Press Rejoices

by Johannes Daniels
November 17, 2018

On the day of the failure of the orchestrated state lie, the causal agent and the puller of strings in the “Case of Chemnitz” visited the scene of the crime. The divider of Germany and Europe could count on a thoroughly frosty reception. Many respectable Chemnitzers had come to give Merkel an “appropriate welcome” and perhaps to spit into her stage-managed mainstream propaganda brew. Merkel’s visit to the third largest state, Saxony, was therefore secured with a major use of police force — a more than 1,200-member task force was required force protection for the “queen of the vulnerable.”

“Because I have come, there is once more a reason for something polarizing to happen.”

It was the chancellor’s first visit since the gruesome August murder of Daniel Hillig by her illegal, imported and previously convicted “asylum seekers” — and in the bargain, countless further attacks by criminal immigrants on the population. Merkel was going on the assumption that things in Chemnitz had calmed down. That was not the case.

“Merkel in Chemnitz” became another tragedy of the absurd and the harbinger of a fatal political era for Germany. The historical tragicomedy exemplifies again the worrisome mental condition of the chancellor and of the German Gaga-Republic at the end of Merkelism. “Merkel in Chemnitz” will go down in the history books as symptomatic.

“A psychically confused perpetrator”? Merkel-Speak in the perfect culture.

At a “citizen’s speaking hour” instituted by the special-edition-bloated mainstream publication Freie Presse , the clinging-to-power chancellor defended herself against criticism and its unpleasant questions in her inimitable fashion, and was put increasingly on the defensive. In attendance were the 120 readers of the Chemnitz Free Press — handpicked and approved for attitude like the type-cast fans in North Korea or the GDR — or at ZDF. [German Television, Second Channel]

Talking [lying] to the citizenry!

Theme 1: Why only now, months after the crime and the following “persecutions,” has the chancellor come to Saxony and the citizens of Chemnitz?

Merkel equivocates:

“The mayor, among other things, has something to do with my visit even though she said ‘That is too late.’ We telephoned very soon after August 26, and she invited me to Chemnitz. I thought a great deal about the best time to come. On the one hand, I know from the election campaign that my face has a polarizing effect on many people. On the other hand, I of course wanted to visit the city, but perhaps not in this volatile atmosphere. Now, it can be said that I came and there is reason for something polarizing to happen. Nonetheless I naturally wanted to visit Chemnitz.”

Theme 2: The falsification by Antifa Zeckenbiss and the abusive report on Chemnitz and Saxony:

Merkel equivocates:

“People who have nothing to do with it, but are incensed by how journalists report on it, cannot say that it is the journalists who makes Chemnitz look bad. Rather they should say: We are also Chemnitz and we want to speak.”

Theme 3: Reporter’s question: “Wouldn’t it be sensible to explain at the start why political decisions are made?”

Merkel equivocates:

“No, that is not my job. In the Bundestag, we try to present. The discussion of opinions is often summarized, followed by a too-brief explanation, it is true. I think perhaps the discussion the Bundestag is too short.”

Theme 4: Saxony’s pride:

Merkel equivocates:

“When we talk about home, we always want to see the good in our home. But it cannot be said of Chemnitz: ‘Our city is 90% all right and we don’t want to talk about the other 10%.’ You people here don’t want to take that path.”

Theme 5: Eventual retirement:

PI names the concluding section of the article after a phrase in the taxpayer-financed poll that depicted Merkel as visiting a “brown, Nazi hell.”

The Chancellor in Chemnitz — how Angela Merkel mastered Hell

Merkel holds a public meeting with young basketball players, who are charmed by her friendly willingness to answer (or avoid) questions. She had previously watched them practice. (Since when, asks the PI writer, has she showed any interest in basketball?)

She spends five hours with them and 120 readers of the Freie Presse, oblivious of the protesting crowds and blockades in the streets. Her Honor the mayor is also here, the police chief, the regional bishop, the head of the chamber of commerce, the proprietor of “Shalom” — a Jewish restaurant targeted by neo-Nazis and a Turkish restaurateur also targeted by neo-Nazis.

She discusses the problems Chemnitz has in common with other places: shortage of family doctors, shortage of teachers, traffic snarls, digitalization. Many participants feel understood. ‘You only lose,” says the Jewish restaurateur after his short talk with Merkel, “if you don’t talk, if you are not open to the ideas of others.”

And all this upset came about because a woman near the site of the murder was frightened by the appearance of two immigrants and called her husband back. His name was Hase.

This reference to the phrase on the video “Hase, du bleibst her” is also a reference to the well-known expression “Mein Name is Hase. Ich weiss von nichts.” That is “My name is Rabbit. I know nothing.” Cf. Sergeant Schultz of Hogan’s Heroes whose pet phrase was “I know nothing!”. It is not at all impossible that the writer had Sergeant Schultz — who wanted to be everybody’s friend — in mind. I once was told by a German consul in Boston: “My favorite character on Hogan’s Heroes is Sergeant Schultz.”

4 thoughts on “The Mob That Wasn’t

  1. @ JLH

    Thanks for this excellent work. Tichy’s Einblick is an impeccable German site while PI is a personal favorite. They say that there is no “pure Evil”, but I think that ERIKA2 err…Merkel comes as close to it as the wings of Icarus came to the sun, and she deserves the fate of the “greek youngster” much more than he did.

    Speaking of “youngsters”, here are some German ones singing their feelings:

    • As you are on German “youngsters”, an event in Speyer (if you are interested in German history look up Speyer cathedral, SCNR) that went wrong for the anti-racist organizers — you might already have read about it on PI-News:

      The interesting thing here is the applause from the public at the end and after verses like:

      Verbittert ist der junge Mann / Finanziell geht‘s ihm zwar besser.
      Weil er aber kein Fräulein haben kann / hilft er schnell
      nach mit – einem Messer.

      Rough translation:
      Embittered is the young man/though he now has more money/ ’cause he can’t have a girl/ he quickly helps himself with a knife.

  2. Lots of concepts here to mull over.

    Merkel is a narcissist sociopath, actually a bit redundant. The full-blown narcissist gets a kick out of causing harm to other people, since it shows his power and importance.

    The modern bureaucratic, all-powerful state has many tools to impose its will on the populace. It is not true that the will of the citizens will eventually prevail. The control of the German government over not only the main media, but the social media through censorship laws, almost takes away any opportunity of a German to really find the truth. The police can, and are, being used to impose the government view of events, and is illustrated by the sacking of the police chief for being insufficiently enthusiastic for Merkel’s spin.

    Any resistance at all to the violence of the immigrants will be treated as a crime. This is shown even in the US, where the members of the Unite the Right who fought back against blacks with flamethrowers and pipes are charged and convicted of criminal assault. Similarly for the proud boys, being considered for RICO charges for fighting back against Antifa violent attacks.

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