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Bellydance for tolerance

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Cologne and the river Rhine

Cologne and the river Rhine

The people of Cologne have a nice sense of humor. They’ll even turn political protest against Neo-Nazis into a carnival.

Liberal groups in Cologne are calling on the people of the city to stage a mass bellydance on September 20th. They’re hoping that 11 000 dancers will swing their hips to oriental music in protest against a neo-Nazi rally planned for that day.

Right-wing organizations from all over Europe will be meeting in Cologne from September 19 – 21 for an anti-Islam convention.

Its “highlight” will be a rally in downtown Cologne. Notorious right-wing politicians from all over Europe will be there – including Jean-Marie Le Pen, the head of the French “Front National”, representatives of Italy’s Lega Nord, Belgium’s Vlaams-Belang and Austria’s FPÖ.

Not the kind of people I like to see in my home town.

And not the kind of event that’ll give the city good press.

Many citizens of Cologne are furious about this right-wing rally. But there’s no way to stop it. The authorities say it’s a legal political demonstration. They can only step in when speakers openly advocate racism or hatred.

So to show their opposition against this right-wing convention, the people of Cologne have decided to bellydance against Neo-Nazism.

I think that’s a much more imaginative idea than simply calling a counter-demonstration. Because the idea of a left-wing demonstration clashing violently with the right-wing demonstration doesn’t really turn me on either.

So, people of Cologne: get out your “I Dream of Jeannie” outfits and bellydance for tolerance on September 20th!

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Written by Thorsten

September 10, 2008 at 2:57 pm

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  1. Mein Guter,

    ich habe jetzt die Berechtigung für den Kalender geändert und es sollte jetzt funktionieren, der Neid möge Euch alle ereilen.

    Zum Bellydance….. Wundervolle Idee, leider werde ich meine Kurven beim Geburtstag meiner Oma züchten, so kann ich dann bei der nächsten Gelegenheit noch mehr schwingen 😉 Euch aber allen viel Spaß!!!

    Grüßle Sandro

    Sandro

    September 15, 2008 at 1:27 pm

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