German locals buy all the beer in their local supermarket to stop Neo Nazis getting it

By buying out the supermarkets, residents stopped the far-right revellers from restocking their supplies.
By buying out the supermarkets, residents stopped the far-right revellers from restocking their supplies. Photo credit: Getty Images

A far-right music festival in Germany had local residents buying out the town's beer supply to "dry the Nazis out."

The Shield and Sword festival was held in Ostritz, a small town in the German state of Saxony, over the weekend.  

The music event was under an alcohol ban imposed by a Saxony court ahead of time, after it was ruled the festival had "an obviously martial and aggressive character."

Locals preempted the far-right festival goers by buying more than 200 crates of beer from the town's supermarkets.

"The plan was devised a week in advance," social activist Georg Salditt told local newspaper Bild Daily.

"We wanted to dry the Nazis out. We thought if an alcohol ban is coming, we'll empty the shelves."

German police seized more than 4,200 litres of beer from attendees on Friday and 200 more on Saturday, reports BBC.

By buying out the supermarkets, residents stopped the far-right revellers from restocking their supplies.

Saxony Premier Michael Kretschmer said he was impressed with the stance taken by locals. 

"I am very impressed with how in such a small town…the citizens stand up to make it clear that right-wing extremists are not wanted here," he told DPA news agency. 

BBC reports around 600 people attended the festival.

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