Racism: After Sylt video, more and more racist incidents come to light

Racism: After Sylt video, more and more racist incidents come to light

Just a few days ago, a video appeared online of partygoers on Sylt singing racist slogans to the tune of a party hit. There was a huge outcry. Now similar incidents are coming to light.

Following the racism scandal at a party on the island of Sylt, similar incidents are becoming more frequent. Racist chants are also said to have taken place at shooting festivals in Lower Saxony, at the Schlagermove in Hamburg, in Saxony-Anhalt and at a top boarding school in Schleswig-Holstein.

A short video from the Whitsun party in a bar on Sylt sparked nationwide outrage a few days ago because guests sang “Foreigners out” and “Germany for the Germans” to the tune of the party hit “L’amour toujours” by Gigi D’Agostino. The police’s state security department is investigating. At least two of those identified have lost their jobs.

Racist chants in Lower Saxony

In Lower Saxony, several people are said to have sung racist slogans to the song at an event lasting several days in Altendorf, north of Wolfsburg, according to police reports. State security is investigating and is looking for witnesses to the incident that took place on Sunday night. The “Braunschweiger Zeitung” had previously reported on it. Before that, a similar incident had already been reported at the shooting festival in Löningen (Cloppenburg district), which had occurred on Pentecost.

At the Schlagermove party parade in Hamburg on Saturday evening, revelers shouted racist slogans to “L’Amour Toujours,” police said. Some participants are said to have given the Hitler salute. The State Criminal Police Office for State Security Offenses has taken over the investigation.

Several police departments are investigating in Saxony-Anhalt. As the police station in the Burgenland district announced on Monday, the 20-year-old party hit “Foreigners out” and “Germany for the Germans” were chanted in a marquee at the traditional Leißlinger Eierbetteln festival near Weißenfels. Investigations are underway for incitement, a police spokeswoman said. According to police, there were further incidents in Magdeburg and Halle.

Racist comments at student party in boarding school

At the renowned Louisenlund boarding school in Schleswig-Holstein, underage students are said to have sung racist slogans to the melody at a party on Thursday. The teachers then broke up the party and sent the students to bed, the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Education announced on Monday. The ministry has also arranged for an investigation by the school inspectorate.

According to the boarding school director Peter Rösner, further discussions were held with some of the students. In a fit of great “stupidity” they wanted to imitate the video made on Sylt. They were not aware of the potential consequences. According to Rösner, they will be suspended from school for a week.

D’Agostino song to be banned at Oktoberfest

Because of the re-writing of the song with right-wing extremist lyrics, the organizers of the Munich Oktoberfest are not even going to play the song “L’amour toujours” as a precaution. “We want to ban it and I will ban it,” Oktoberfest boss Clemens Baumgärtner told the German Press Agency on Monday. “There is no room for all that right-wing crap at the Wiesn.” The song itself is not right-wing extremist, but it has acquired a “very clear right-wing extremist connotation.” The “Münchner Merkur” had previously reported this.

The song will also not be played in the Stuttgart fan zone for the European Football Championship and at the Cannstatter Volksfest in the autumn. This was announced by a spokesperson for the event company.

The organizers of the Kiel Week (22 to 30 June), however, see no legal basis for a ban, as director Philipp Dornberger told the German Press Agency. However, the operators of party and music stages should be made aware of the issue.

In recent months, there have been repeated incidents in the federal states in which neo-Nazi slogans were shouted along with the song. On Friday evening, two visitors to a festival in Erlangen yelled racist slogans along with the music. At a Whitsun festival in Upper Palatinate, visitors are also said to have shouted “Foreigners out” when the song was played.

Source: Stern

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