UPDATE 25 November 2019: We did it! PayPal Germany appears to have finally stopped processing donations for Pro Chemnitz, a right-wing extremist group responsible for refugee "hunts" and attacks on Jewish-owned restaurants.
The German state of Saxony is home to Pro Chemnitz, a right-wing extremist group responsible for refugee “hunts” and attacks on Jewish-owned restaurants. In the recent local election, the group shockingly got 8 percent of the vote and earned a place on the city council.
Many members of Pro Chemnitz are known neo-Nazis, and the group is under observation by the German central intelligence agency.
But PayPal doesn’t seem to care. Pro Chemnitz is raking in donations over the online payment service -- even though the platform claims not to support the funding of hate, violence or racism.
Tell PayPal to cut off cashflow to the neo-Nazis of Pro Chemnitz!
Last year, horrifying pictures emerged from Chemnitz, when 6,000 people stormed the streets following the violent death of a 35-year-old local. At the front of the mob: neo-Nazis, hooligans and radical right-wingers.
They capitalized on the victim's death for their own racist and dehumanising propaganda, while showing Hitler salutes, shouting racist slogans and attacking journalists, refugees and counterprotesters. Who was behind this demonstration? Pro Chemnitz, a so-called “people’s movement” whose only goal is to spread racism and stir up anti-migrant hate.We can’t let the spread of racist propaganda and violence continue. Luckily, there’s something we can do to stop it. Like any other group, neo-Nazis are dependent on donations. Together we can make PayPal apply its own guidelines and cut the flow of cash to Pro Chemnitz.
After the election results, it’s more important than ever to show our opposition to the extreme right. Together, SumOfUs members like you can make the lives of Nazis harder.
Tell PayPal to follow its own guidelines: no money for hate, violence and racism!
We know PayPal can’t ignore us forever. If we generate enough public pressure, it'll shut down donations to Pro Chemnitz out of fear for its image.
Just think about Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League -- a violent, right-wing extremist organisation known for spreading racism and anti-migrant sentiments. Last year, thousands of SumOfUs members like you demanded PayPal close Robinson’s account -- and it did! The same thing happened with France's far-right Generation Identity: after SumOfUs members like you told PayPal to stop supporting donations to this extremist group, it gave in to our pressure and deleted the organisation's account.
Will you help cut off the cashflow to German racists as well?
Euro News. 23 May 2019.
New York Times. 30 August 2018.