On Saturday, the extreme right-wing NPD had called for a demonstration against several explicitly named journalists who research and report on the right-wing extremist scene (we reported). Hannover defended and solidarized itself with the journalists: The city society called for numerous counter-demonstrations, whereupon Hannover set a strong signal. More than 8,500 citizens of Hannover, among them numerous politicians from Hannover and Lower Saxony, representatives of culture, society and many more, met the 120 protesters of the NPD.
At the closing rally of the event "bunt statt braun", Hannover's new mayor and CEO Belit Onay affirmed that antisemitism and racism had no place in the city. Lower Saxony's interior minister Boris Pistorius, regional president Hauke Jagau, Thomas Höflich of the Protestant church and Mehrdad Payandeh, the head of the DGB district of Lower Saxony-Bremen, ver.di national director Detlef Ahting, who is also chairman of the Rundfunkkrat, poetry slammer Tobias Kunze, and the two journalists David Janzen and Andreas Speit showed solidarity at the rally and made it clear that Hanover is colorful instead of brown and has no room for such hate.