Hundreds of neo-Nazis who descended upon a German town for a far-right music festival were prevented from drinking alcohol thanks to a court-imposed banning order and the actions of angry local residents who bought up hundreds of crates of beer to keep it out of their hands, according to CNN.
Ahead of the event, a Dresden court imposed a ban on the sale and possession of alcohol at the “Schild und Schwert” Festival (Shield and Sword) to prevent violence from erupting. Saxony Police confiscated more than 1,100 gallons of beer Friday and Saturday.
Anticipating the festival attendees would seek to buy alcohol at the local supermarkets instead, quick thinking town residents reportedly bought more than 200 crates.
Local police tweeted images of their officers seizing alcohol during the festival.
— Polizei Sachsen (@PolizeiSachsen) June 22, 2019
“The plan was devised a week in advance. We wanted to dry the Nazis out. We thought, if an alcohol ban is coming, we’ll empty the shelves at the Penny [supermarket],” local activist George Salditt told the German-language Bild newspaper.
“For us it’s important to send the message from Ostritz that there are people here who won’t tolerate this, who say ‘we have different values here, we’re setting an example,’ which is not the image of a far-right concert, which dominates the media coverage,” a local woman told ZDF television.
The court ruled the festival had “an obviously martial and aggressive character” and the presence of alcohol was likely to exacerbate the risk of violence. About 1,400 police officers were deployed for the event, with officials saying there were only a few minor incidents.