Rise up against far-right extremism, racism and discrimination!

Manifestation, 14.11.2015, 14h, Parc de Londres, Verdun

In the spring of 2015, the "Tavern de Thor" (Thor's Tavern) established a base in Combre-sous-les-Côtes (55). These are premises intended to be used to hold organized activities, conferences and concerts for the international neo-Nazi group the Hammerskins. They are both racist and violent. In 2013, members of this group knifed a Senegalese man in the middle of downtown Metz simply because he was black.


The Hammerskins are white supremacists which means they openly claim that the "white race" is superior to people of other racial backgrounds.  Originally affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party (ANP), they define themselves as "Aryans". They systematically involve themselves in anti-foreigner rallies and racist demonstrations, and aggressively disrupt egalitarian demonstrations such those for the Gay Pride movement.

Previous headquarters for the Hammerskins were located in Lorraine, on a site close to Toul, but this locale was forced to close its doors on Saint Patrick's Day, 16 March 2013, as a result of administrative pressure by the regional council. A few months earlier, as many as 2,000 "white race" militant activists from all over Europe descended on the region to attend a RAC concert (Rock Against Communism), organized by a section associated with the German movement. These allegedly festive gatherings act as a smokescreen — a pretext to hold meetings to circulate an ideology firmly rooted in racial and sexual discrimination.

We cannot tolerate this.

Currently, no regional initiatives or administrative measures exist to block the Hammerskins from establishing a presence in Combres-sous-les-Côtes. Mobilized action is needed now to force them to leave. We refuse to allow a movement which advocates genocide to continue its activities and develop further.

Hammerskins and Neo-Nazis — OUT NOW !

Saturday 14 November in Verdun

- Demonstration march: starts at 14h00 at the Parc de Londres
- A rally, stands, workshops and concerts: from 15h30 to 19h00, at the Victory monument.

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Aujourd’hui samedi 14 novembre 2015, au lendemain des attentats meurtriers à Paris, nous décidons de reporter la manifestation à Verdun contre le local nazi de Combres-sous-les-Côtes (Taverne de Thor). Il est donc inutile et dangereux de venir à Verdun, le collectif décidera de la date de report de l'événement.


La préfecture de Meuse a par ailleurs annulé l'autorisation qu'elle avait donnée pour cette manifestation. Le combat contre les extrêmes droites, le fascisme, le racisme et les discriminations est plus que jamais d'actualité. Face à la barbarie et à la terreur d'où qu'elles viennent, nous n'aurons de cesse de réaffirmer notre attachement aux libertés et à la solidarité internationale.

Collectif contre la Taverne de Thor