Mascha Joustra

rally pegida - enschede, netherlands
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Nationality: dutch
Biography: Mascha Joustra graduated in May 2015 at the Fotoacademie Amsterdam, specializing in documentary and portrait series. She graduated with a cum laude recommendation on a large series of photographs bundled in a voluminous photo book called... read on
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rally pegida - enschede, netherlands
Copyright Mascha Joustra 2022
Date of Work Sep 2017 - Sep 2017
Updated Jan 2018
Location enschede

J. Lester Feder:        BuzzFeed News Reporter,  Felix Huesmann:       BuzzFeed Contributor

Mascha Joustra:       Buzzfeed Photographer

Reporting From Jena, Germany and Enschede, Netherlands

For Decades, Nazis Have Been Germany's Shame. But Is That About To Change? 

text by Lester Feder - Buzzfeed Intl News Reporter ;          --One week before Germany heads to the polls, a small city across the border in the Netherlands drew dozens of German nationalists for a rally and concert. A few carried posters of the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb for a turban, and several sported T-shirts or tattoos with neo-Nazi symbols. One man had a white-nationalist symbol tattooed on his shaved skull and wore a shirt in English reading "Niggers beware, the Klan is awake."

The gathering was organized by a Dutch-born German resident named Edwin Wagensveld; he chose the Dutch city of Enschede hoping the momentum growing in Germany could carry to other parts of Europe. Finnish, Austrian, and British nationalists were also invited.

Wagensveld is an activist with the anti-Muslim movement Pegida. The rally also included the group Football Hooligans Against Salafism (HoGeSa), which organized a large anti-Muslim protest in Cologne in 2014; and Thügida, a Pegida spinoff in Thuringia and neighboring states.

It was a rare gathering of groups that often were afraid of being associated with one another. It featured a performance by the neo-Nazi football hooligan band Kategorie C, which is scheduled to perform at Frenck's bar just after the election. Their song "We Don't Want Salafist Pigs" became the rally's anthem. An AfD politician had even agreed to participate " the vice chair of the party in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate named Christiane Christen " but she told BuzzFeed News she had only "promised" to do so when she thought the rally would be at a different time. An AfD activist from Berlin spoke in her place.

The rally participants numbered about 150. They were heavily outnumbered by anti-fascist protesters and local immigrant teenagers as they briefly marched around the edge of town, surrounded by police using riot shields and horses. The counterprotesters drowned out the rally participants, so their chant of "We don't want salafist pigs" was transformed into "We don't want Nazi pigs."

But these taunts didn't trouble organizer Edwin Wagensveld.

"In these days, it is almost an honor if you are being called a Nazi," he told BuzzFeed News. "It shows that you have your heart in the right spot for your fatherland."


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