FC St. Pauli: Antifascist, Antiracist
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 02/05/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23325
Haasen describes the political activism of FC St. Pauli footbal team and its supporters in Hamburg, Germany. Having once supported the Nazi Regime, this club has radiically changed it stance to become a vocal supporter of antiracism, antifascism and humanitarian efforts.
Since the arrival of over one million refugees in 2015 -mainly from Syria and Afghanistan - German politics has been dominated by a wave of racist and nationalist groups that have brought the first neo-fascist party since World War II, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD, Alternative for Germany), into the national parliament, the Bundestag.
Left-wing groups have concentrated their work on two pillars: solidarity with the refugees and confronting right-wing groups wherever they show up. FC St. Pauli has been one of the most prominent organizations supporting refugees in Hamburg.
Within its overall structure the sports club has several branches. One is a refugee team FC Lampedusa (named for the Italian island where thousands of refugees landed).
This club was very active in organizing clothing and other necessities in the first days after refugees arrived. They support groups helping refugees legally, medically and socially, and make the stadium premises available for organizing all these activities.