September 5, 2015

LOWER THE FLAG:

A 22-year-old anti-Nazi song tops German charts again -- to welcome refugees (Rick Noack, September 42015, Washington Post)
 
A supporter of the Pegida movement holds a flag while supporters gather for a march in their first Berlin demonstration, which they have dubbed "Baergida," on Jan. 5. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
More than 20 years ago, some Germans rallied against refugees who had primarily fled the Yugoslav wars, and asylum reception centers went up in flames. There are certain, shocking parallels between the tensions back then and the anti-refugee protests that are taking place in some parts of the country today.

But there's another surprising similarity: An anti-Nazi song that topped the German charts in the 1990s is back on top. "Cry for Love" is being recirculated as a statement of support for the refugees and against right-wing extremists.

"Your violence is just a silent cry for love," the song goes, a sentiment also reflected in the song's title. In the song, the German band "Die Ärzte" (The Doctors) addresses potential right-wing extremists, adding a few expletives: "Your army boots are longing for affection. You never learned to articulate yourself. And your parents never had time for you!" the popular band sang, in a text celebrated by some, and condemned by others.

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