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Counter demonstrators in Hannover: Verdict: NPD demo against critical journalists is allowed


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Hannover (dpa) - The far-right NPD may also demonstrate in the opinion of the Lower Saxony Higher Administrative Court on Saturday in Hannover against critical journalists.

This confirmed the judge on Friday in Lüneburg, the decision of the Administrative Court of Hanover from the same day. This was correct to assume that the reasons given by the police department did not justify a complete ban on the assembly, said the Higher Administrative Court on Friday evening (Az .: 11 ME 376/19).

The police department as a meeting authority can now call the Federal Constitutional Court. One now advises on the further procedure, said a police spokesman in the evening.

The police department Hannover had banned the demo with reference to an immediate threat to public safety. On the other hand, the NPD appealed to the Hanover Administrative Court - with success. The court ruled that a total ban on the demo was not proportionate (Az .: 10 B 5450/19). In turn, the Police Department of Hanover appealed against this decision to the Higher Administrative Court.

The 11th Senate of the Lower Saxony Higher Administrative Court argued that there were no identifiable circumstances in which the demonstration "would most likely endanger public safety". Nor does the Assembly disproportionately affect the freedom of the press.

In total, a four-digit number of participants is expected in Hannover on several counter-demonstrations on Saturday. Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) wants to speak in the afternoon at the main rally of the alliance "Bunt statt Braun". He had previously condemned threats by right-wing extremists against dissidents and journalists. "All this leads to a climate that causes lasting damage to our society."

As a reaction to the NPD campaign, journalists, media companies and associations had already published the call "Protect the Press Freedom!" Last week. In the appeal of numerous journalists, editors-in-chief and associations, the Press Council, publishers and editors are invited to show solidarity with threatened colleagues. Politicians are asked to better protect journalists.

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Source: zeit

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