In Hannover, more than 5,000 people have demonstrated against a press-hostile rally of the NPD. Lower Saxony's Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) had come to the counter-protests. Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) and Hanover's newly elected Mayor Belit Onay (Greens) were expected to speak.
About 110 people participated in the NPD event, according to police. The police department had initially banned the event, citing an immediate threat to public safety. The NPD successfully filed a lawsuit: The Administrative Court and, in the second instance, the Higher Administrative Court reversed the ban. A total ban on the demo was not proportionate, they judged.
The protests against the NPD march were initially largely peaceful, police said. Several protesters who tried to break barriers along the demonstration route of the NPD had been pushed back. There were four arrests.
The protest of the right-wing extremist party was directed against the three independent journalists Julian Feldmann, David Janzen and André Aden. Because of their research in the right-wing scene, they have received regular death threats for years. Numerous associations, editorial offices and journalists expressed their solidarity in a joint appeal with the colleagues approached by the NPD.