Germans remember Dresden bombing victims

13th February 2012, Comments 1 comment

Several thousand Germans formed a human chain in central Dresden on Monday to pay homage to the victims of a massive Allied bombing in 1945 and to protest against neo-Nazism.

Participants formed the chain as night fell in the city where up to 25,000 people died, according to an official commission, in three days of allied bombing in February 1945 at the tail end of World War II.

Some 2,500 people had earlier taken part in a march against Nazism in the city where for the past several years the bombing anniversary has seen clashes between neo-Nazis and extreme leftists.

The action is "a clear declaration against national socialism, racism and violence," Mayor Dirk Hilbert said.

Far-rightist were planning to hold their own march in the eastern German city later on Monday, and some 4,500 police officers were out on the streets ahead of the demonstration.

Last year police fired tear gas and water cannon in clashes with extreme leftists as more than 10,000 people sought to prevent the neo-Nazi march.


© 2012 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • L Fleming posted:

    on 15th February 2012, 20:06:03 - Reply

    The CRIC Research Project directed from Cambridge University ,has investigated the history of Dresden's anniversary events , their manipulation for political purposes from the last days of the war , to the mass rallies during GDR times up until the present. Please see excellent films with the latest research on Dresden's reconstruction and memorial landscape at:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPDmYmz8MiM
    and Vimeo for a Cambridge University presentation on Dresden:
    http://vimeo.com/33733958