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German locals buy up town’s beer to protest neo-Nazi festival

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Police and citizens of a small town in Germany united to empty the town’s beer supply in order to stop neo-Nazis from consuming alcohol during a far-right music festival. Veuer’s Mercer Morrison has the story.

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When neo-Nazis planned a festival in a small German town, residents decided to take matters into their own hands.

The eastern German town of Ostritz, located in Saxony on the German-Polish border, was the site of the “Shield and Sword Festival” for right-wing extremists Friday and Saturday, Deutsche Welle reported.

The news agency confirmed that police were ordered to confiscate alcohol from the festival’s attendees to deter violence.

However, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur, locals took it a step further by buying up over 100 crates of beer at their nearby supermarkets to prevent festival attendees from buying more alcohol.

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In addition to drying out the town, 300 people peacefully marched through the streets, DPA also reported.

Although 750 people were registered for the event, police told Deutsche Welle about 600 attended. By midnight Saturday, less than 500 attendees were left.

Authorities confiscated over 1,100 gallons of alcohol from attendees Friday and another 50 gallons on Saturday, DPA reported.

Michael Kretschmer, Saxony’s state premier, told the news agency that he was impressed with how locals stood up for themselves and made it clear to right-wing extremists that they weren’t welcomed.

According to Deutsche Welle, residents also planned a counterprotest to take place next to the festival but officials prohibited the demonstration citing safety concerns.

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