Residents of the German town of Ostritz have bought over 200 crates of liquor from their local supermarket to ensure attendees at a nearby “Shield and Sword” festival won’t have anything to drink.
The festival, which displays “SS” in its logo and attracted attendees in Nazi-esque clothing, is located in an area known for extreme-right activism.
“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 Georg Salditt, told Germany’s Bild.
The clever local’s efforts came after a court in Dresden banned the sale of beer during the festival. The court’s rationale behind limiting the alcohol supply was to prevent violence occurring, as “the event has an obviously martial and aggressive character”.
Over 1200 police attended the festival to keep the peace and enforce the ban. They proudly posted pictures on Twitter confiscated alcohol: 4200 litres of beer on Friday and 200 litres on Saturday.
Police said they also dealt with 32 crimes during the weekend, including 16 “violations of assembly law” and 10 people displaying the insignia of “anti-constitutional organisations”.
Overall, the joined efforts to put a damper on the mood were successful: Only 500 people attended (compared to 1200 last year) and those punters were outnumbered 4-1 by protesters and 2-1 by police.