Saturday, August 23, 2008

Breaking News: Fascism Is Alive And Well In Germany

Well, maybe not that well…

One would have thought that, given Germany’s history with
fascist policies, that Germans would have moved beyond Nazi-ism. Not in today’s Germany, where fascism is alive and kicking. How do I know this you may wonder? Well, I witnessed my first, true, German Nazi rally. Yes, the country that gave rise to Adolf Hitler, is still grappling with his influence.

I must say, at times it was a little intense, given the nature of heavy-handed riot police (Yes, that’s right, police in full riot gear.) In many ways the police were just as intolerant as the Nazis they were supposedly protecting. What’s even scarier than witnessing this event, is being cornered by these same police — I expect in an effort to keep the two sid
es apart.

Stay tuned for more on this later, once I’ve processed my thoughts.


Austin.Radcliffe said...

I'm pleased to see the current regime is down with free speech.
I don't understand though.. You were surrounded? Because youre black or were you guys shouting back at the nazis?

Also, how'd you take that panorama shot? did you just crop it?

The Rooster said...

No, I wasn't the only one surrounded (by the police). They surrounded entire groups of people, in an effort to keep the two sides apart. What was a bit scary about it is that the police were incredibly aggressive towards seemingly peaceful people — that was the scary part. I don't have video of that because at that point I didn't want to be looking through the viewfinder of a camera. I tried to keep my head on a swivel.

The panoramic shot is comprised of 4 or 5 separate shots, stitched together in PhotoShop. If you look closely, you can see where the images don't quite fit together.