They want to save "Germany" but can’t even spell it right: The inflammatory slogans at a mosque in Hamburg are almost comical.
Once a church, soon a mosque – even if some people don’t like it: the Al-Nour mosque in Horn Photo: Miguel Ferraz
"Deuschland den Deuschen – Nationaler Wiederstand" is written on the floor of the entrance. "Islam kills," "rapists" and "terror" are written on the walls of the Al-Nour mosque – peppered with spelling mistakes. In the night to Monday, so far unknown perpetrators sprayed the slogans.
"Such graffiti happened for the first time," says Daniel Abdin, chairman of the Al-Nour community. "I think they are due to the general social climate against ‘Islam.’"
It was a neighbor who reported the graffiti on the not-yet-opened mosque to the community. "He was quite affected," Abdin says. The community itself had not even noticed the slogans. The mosque in Horn is not scheduled to open until September 26.
Five years ago, the conversion of the empty Capernaum Church had begun. Many residents were concerned at the time. The fact that a church was to be converted into a mosque contained political symbolism in the heated debate about the supposed Islamization of the Federal Republic. "Oh God, oh God, the Islamists are coming," neighbors feared, Abdin says. But that was in 2013, he says; today, residents are asking, "When are you finally coming?"
Two counter-demos against the "Merkel must go" rally have been registered:
"Hamburg Voices for Diversity", 5 p.m., Stephansplatz;
Rally of the "Hamburg Alliance Against the Right", 5:30 p.m., Hachmannplatz
On Jungfernstieg, near the "Merkel must go" rally, both counter-demos are to unite
Five years ago, the right-wing scene failed in its attempt to stir up resentment. Pro Deutschland, the German Defence League Hamburg Division and the Identitarian Movement wanted to march in the district under the slogan "Leave the church in the village". Despite nationwide mobilization, only 28 supporters came. More than 600 counter-demonstrators, some from the neighborhood, greeted Abdin with applause.
Today Abdin says: "We have arrived here, we are accepted. But these graffiti are an expression of the ongoing agitation." A resident confirms this: "I don’t believe that a neighbor sprayed these slogans." He sees a connection to the "Merkel must go" rally announced for Wednesday. "I think that was the reason for the graffiti," he says. He lives just behind the mosque. "Here with us, the mood is good," he emphasizes.
Now even the VS knows: Nazis against Merkel
After the rally "Merkel must go" had been suspended for months, the organizers around the right-wing martial artist Thomas "Togger" Gardlo hope for about 500 participants in the evening. In the first half of 2018, so-called Monday demonstrations against asylum and immigration policies had taken place in Hamburg with up to 200 participants – in the midst of them cadres of the NPD and the Identitarian movement.
"We have pointed out since the spring that behind the cipher ‘Merkel must go’ is exactly the evil, brown mob of AfD fellow travelers, Nazi hooligans, right-wing bouncers, NPD activists, volkisch Identitarians, Burschenschaftern and Pegida supporters, which has now called for lynch law in Chemnitz with Hitler salutes and agitations," says a spokesman for the Hamburg Alliance Against the Right.
Now the Office for the Protection of the Constitution is also warning: "Right-wing extremists are responsible for this rally," spokesman Marco Haase tells the taz. Participants should be aware that they were going to right-wing extremists.