Erfurt (dpa/s) – According to Thuringia’s interior minister, Georg Meyer (SPD), the right-wing rock scene in Thuringia has changed. “Clearly, the business model with right-wing rock festivals is no longer working,” said Meyer of the dpa news agency. Although there were no cases related to Corona this year, there were no larger festivals. “I think right-wing rock is back to where it was before the big concerts,” said Meyer. Instead of relying on large open-air concerts, the far-right were now increasingly meeting again at so-called small song evenings to hear right-wing rock and other far-right music.
A whole series of big right-wing rock festivals took place in Thuringia in the years leading up to the pandemic. In 2017, about 6,000 right-wing extremists from all over Germany and other European countries came to a meadow on the outskirts of Thamar and celebrated a festival there.
At first, the authorities and the judiciary did not take any action against the parties. That only changed in 2016 and 2017. Corona regulations made more big right-wing rock concerts in 2020 and 2021 practically impossible.
Mayer stressed that in addition to the consistent approach of the police, the work of the working group that was formed in the Ministry of the Interior has proven its worth. It is intended to support municipalities, for example, in creating court-proof conditional notices for such events.
According to Mayer, the dismantling of the far-right group “Torunen” is also having an effect. This group has been one of the main organizers of right-wing rock concerts in the Free State in recent years. The central members of “Toruns” are currently undergoing a drug trial before the Erfurt District Court and are under arrest.
Mayer also cited civil society protests as one of the reasons for the decline of larger right-wing rock concerts. “Thuringia now seems to have a reputation on the scene that things are no longer calm here at these events.” He also does not expect there to be major right-wing rock events in the Free State again in 2023.
According to left-wing MP Katarina König-Pruss, the far-right music scene continues to thrive in Thuringia. said the spokeswoman for the anti-fascist organization of the left-wing Thuringian group. “We have at least 23 active neo-Nazi bands and nine singer-songwriters in the Free State, as well as a number of places to retreat.”
Neo-Nazi concerts continue, with which the right-wing scene makes money. “Right-right rock is an accompaniment of hate, violence, murder and manslaughter,” explained Koenig-Breuss. Meyer’s statement that working with larger right-wing rock concerts doesn’t seem to work anymore, she doesn’t believe is true. One of the reasons I gave was to settle several legal rock mail order shops in Thuringia.
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