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ASP, the WGT and the Fascists. | straftanz
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ASP, the WGT and the Fascists.


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This is an official statement regarding the communication taking place between the comrades of the Interpretationgroup ASP and the Treffen & Festspielgesellschaft für Mitteldeutschland mbH. In contrast to to ASP we did not play at this year’s WGT and after everything we know at this very moment, we would not even want to, regardless of the friendly People of Leipzig, regardless of the friends we would be able to meet there. We would not even like to visit that event as guests. At the 11th of June, ASP asked the Treffen & Festspielgesellschaft für Mitteldeutschland mbH for an official Statement regarding the Black Sun printed on the 2009 “Obsorgekarte” as seen on this page. The Black Sun, as seen on that official WGT Card is widely used as an identification symbol among German Neo Nazis, the particular one used for the WGT is a copy of an Floor Mosaic, found at the Wewelsburg SS School. When asked by ASP for an official statement the WGT Organizer failed to give a proper reason for the usage of this politically heavily burdened symbol. They claimed an historic link between the 2000 year anniversary of the Battle of Hermann the German againt the Roman Legions. Straftanz believes this to be utter bullshit. The only link we can see here is that neo-fascists are quite fond of both Hermann and Black Suns. Their claim not to see symbols as such in an “one dimensional manor” implicates that these people are aware of this symbols semantics and give no opposition to its notion.

Just like our colleagues of ASP the Straftanz ZK finds this not to be acceptable. The WGT neither is a meeting of fascists, nor is it a meeting of dim witted German Pseodohistorians. It is meeting of a diverse, dark underground subculture where all kind of cultural deviances are accepted and empowered. In our diversity we are one. Straftanz insists to be accepted as part of this powerful diversity, despite all differences that might exist between the factions of our culture. Straftanz opposes everything threatening this freedom, no matter who, no matter where and we are not willing to gather under a symbol used in a context of crimes against humanity. Do not be fooled: We do not think that laws prohibiting the usage of symbols as such do anything good. Symbols make it easier for us to identify stupidity.

As long as the Treffen & Festspielgesellschaft für Mitteldeutschland mbH does not clear these issues stated above, Straftanz will not support the WGT in any way. Not as visitors. Not as artists. Not as journalists.

Straftanz ZK.

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7 comments to “ASP, the WGT and the Fascists.”

  • Rosendorn, 21 Jun ’09 at 22:59

    I really respect you für this statement! I wosh, more musicians would positioning themself so clearlay

  • Wirbel um WGT-Obsorge-Karte mit rechter Symbolik: Furcas.de, 22 Jun ’09 at 15:05

    […] Als Reaktionen darauf gab es einen offenen Brief der Band ASP, die dieses Jahr auf dem WGT aufgetreten sind, mit einer Bitte um eine Stellungnahme. Diese kam auch, mit der Aussage, das das WGT keine politischen Ziele verfolgt. als Grund für das Symbol wird der 2000. Jahrestag der Hermannsschlacht herangezogen. Allerdings gibt es wohl keinen historischen Zusammenhang zwischen dem Symbol und der Schlacht vor 2000 Jahren. Ausserdem wurde die Stellungnahme nicht von den Veranstalten (Treffen & Festspielgesellschaft für Mitteldeutschland mbH) mitunterzeichnet. ASP haben daraufhin mitgeteilt das sie die Zusammenarbeit bis zu eindeutigen Klärung nicht fortführen werden. Dem haben sich auch andere Bands angeschlossen unter anderem auch Straftanz. […]

  • mephisto, 29 Jun ’09 at 16:01

    *thumps up*

  • dave strand, 21 Jul ’09 at 22:36

    I didn’t know that. We will think twice about taking part in this event.

  • Karl, 24 Jul ’09 at 14:58

    Danke, das ihr das Thema aufgreift!
    Es müssten viel mehr Bands ihre Konsequenz aus diesem Fauxpax ziehen, vor allem weil es von Seiten des WGT keine offizielle und aufklärende Stellungnahme gab.
    Die Verwendung von rechtsextremen Symbolen deren Entstehung in der NS-Zeit liegt, scheint den Verantwortlichen wichtiger zu sein, als die drängende Frage von Bands, Künstlern und Besuchern die diese Veranstaltung eigentlich erst am Leben halten.

  • aloneintheshadow, 26 May ’10 at 10:20

    Ich find es auch schade, dass WGT mehr und mehr in die Rechte Szene rutscht. Man kann keine Einlasskontrolle mit Links-Rechts-Erkennung machen/durchfhren.
    Hier ist Euer Weg ist genau der RICHTIGE! Wenn man seitens WGT-Verantwortlichen denkt, dass man mit dem rechten Futter (Bands, Kleinigkeiten mit bestimmter Svastika etc.) eine ganz bestimmte Zielgruppe ansprechen und anlocken muss, dann ist ein Boykott seitens der Knstler vllig verstndlich.
    Ich bin etwas spt dran mit meiner Meldung … Aber jemanden zu loben, der gegen das Braune Ungetm ein zeichen setzt ist NIE ZU SPT!

  • Mark, 28 May ’10 at 19:40

    Err have you actually looked at both designs carefully enough…

    The drawing on the Card is only similar to the Wewelsburg floor it is not an exact replica…on closer inspection you can see that the Wewelsburg design has an inner hub design that is not present on the Obsorgekarte card…

    Also the actual design is again only similar…its blue on black on the card, black on white in reality, the spokes are also different as the kink is actually closer to the outter rim on the Wewelsburg design, and halfway down the spoke on the card…is it not supposed to look more like an eye?

    You are fully entitled to your view…but maybe its a little OTT…maybe the artist was not aware of that sign, I know I would not have been, it could have been an accident…and really would the organisers of the one of the biggest festival have agreed to use a symbol like this if they had really known…

    Take a chill pill Straftanz, it the music we love not limited card to get you in the camping site at festival…

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