Local residents have been fighting for several years with an event attended by ultra-right activists.
In the small German town of Ostrits (a population of 2.5 thousand people) on the border with Poland every year, the neo-Nazi music festival “Shield and Sword” (Schild und Schwert, abbreviated SS) is held. On June 21, more than 600 ultra-right activists came to the city for the event, but faced a problem – the locals left them without beer.
The fight against alcohol on Schild und Schwert began even earlier. The Dresden court banned the use of alcohol at the festival, citing the fact that drunk visitors “increase the risk of violence” in Ostritsa. Traditionally there come not only neo-Nazis, but activists with counter-actions. The organizers of Schild und Schwert tried to convince the court that even with alcohol, the festivals were held peacefully, but the ban was left in force.
On the day of the festival, the police seized more than 4.2 thousand liters of beer and more than 200 liters of stronger alcohol. But residents of Ostritsa noted that the police didn’t take into account supermarkets: if they wished, neo-Nazis could easily go to the store away from the festival and buy anything they wanted. Then the townspeople held a rally “No Beer to the Nazis” – they bought more than 200 boxes of beer in supermarkets and took them home.
“We wanted to drain the neo-Nazis. This is our sign that we are against the festival, ” said one of the activists in the Bild newspaper. How much money it took, he did not tell. But he announced that after the Schild und Schwert festival they would spend their holiday, where they would open the beer they had bought.