A German Neo-Nazi group has been staging flash-mob protests similar to the fascist torch rallies of the 1930s — and then posting videos of them on the Web.
In a demonstration this past May in Bauzen, Germany hundreds of individuals wearing white masks and black garb appeared out of nowhere, carrying torches and signs with nationalist slogans. Then the mob scattered and vanished before the authorities arrived, reported German newspaper Die Zeit.
Eerily recalling the Nazi marches that saluted Hitler during Third Reich era, a group calling themselves ‘Die Unsterblichen’ (The Immortals) has been responsible for organizing these similar flash mob protests throughout Germany over the past several months. Their hate-filled rallies have been viewed by tens of thousands on YouTube, and most of their videos end with a haunting slogan, like ’Make your short life immortal,’ or ‘So that those to come don’t forget that you were German.’
The hate group’s marches are organized via text message so that authorities are unable to track where they will appear, CNN reported. The group’s website encourages others to organize similar flash mob demonstrations, in order to ‘become immortal.’
The word “Volkstod,” which in German means “National Death,” is also displayed on their signs to remind Germany of their days under national socialism. Neo-Nazis will use the phrase to describe what they believe to be the decline of the German race taking place in Germany’s multicultural state.
This is not the first time a Neo-Nazi flash mobs appeared in recent years. ‘Spreelichter’ (Spree Lights), another Neo-Nazi group, was banned by German authorities earlier this summer after they organized their first flash mob rallies in 2009.
Over a dozen homes of publicized neo-Nazis have been searched by police in hopes of uncovering the group’s central leadership.
The success of the racist flash mobs has been catching on among German youth, according to German academic Dr. Hajo Funke of the Free University of Berlin. “It’s a very simple idea: Put masks on your faces and represent the danger to the people,” he explained to CNN.