Law enforcement officials and citizens have joined forces to empty the beer supply of a German city before a music festival scheduled for last weekend. They fear that alcohol could increase the risk of violence among the expected neo-Nazi participants. With the support of a court-imposed alcohol ban, the police successfully confiscated more than 1 162 gallons of beer.
Around 600 people flocked to the festival Schild and Schwert in Ostritz, Saxony, began on Friday, reports Newsweek. However, locals were prepared with their own plan.
Before the event, a Dresden court banned the sale and possession of alcohol for festivalgoers for security reasons. The police quickly seized about 30 liters of beer between Friday and Saturday, and the locals bought over 200 boxes of beer at Ostritz grocery stores.
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"The plan was drafted one week in advance and we wanted to drain the Nazis," said BBC activist Georg Salditt. I will empty the shelves at [supermarket].
Ostritz "already has a reputation for right-wing extremist activism" ̵
"It is important for us to send the message from Ostritz that there are people here who do not tolerate this, who say: 'We have other values here, we give an example that is not the picture a far-right concert that dominates media coverage, "the local resident told local media.
About 1,400 police officers from different parts of Germany were sent to the patrol after BBC reports.
This year, the Shield and Sword Festival attracted fewer people this year, compared to 1,200 the previous year's BBC.
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Representatives of the Saxon state police reported that the event went smoothly apart from a few minor incidents.
Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer applauded the courage of the locals to protest against the neo-Nazis by buying beer.  CLICK HERE TO OBTAIN THE FOX NEWS APP
"I am very impressed by how in such a small town … the citizens stand up to make it clear that right-wing extremists are not wanted here . " Kretschmer said via Newsweek.