Thousands flock to ‘largest’ neo-Nazi rock festival in Germany, outnumber host city’s population

The tiny German town of Themar saw 6,000 people flock to what is said to be the country’s largest neo-Nazi rock festival: “Rock against Foreign Domination.” The far-right concertgoers vastly outnumbered the town’s population of 3,000 people. The event, ‘Rock gegen Ueberfremdung’ (Rock against Foreign Domination), took place on Saturday in the small, sleepy town of Themar in eastern Germany. According to various German media, the festival was the largest event of its kind.
The small community of just 3,000 people had to accommodate large crowds of neo-Nazis, effectively twice the size of its own population. Around 6,000 people attended the event on Saturday, according to Thuringia police, which deployed over 1,000 officers amid security concerns.
Though the far-right concert was largely peaceful, more than 20 incidents were reported, including verbal insults, property damage, and drug abuse, according to MDR broadcaster. In two cases, police intervened to prevent “the use of anti-constitutional symbols,” possibly referring to Nazi symbols. Images posted online showed visitors wearing T-shirts making acronymic reference to the phrases ‘I love Hitler,’ ‘I love National Socialism,’ and ‘Hakenkreuz’ (swastika).

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