The city of Nijmegen is and always has been anti-racist and anti-fascist. Our history shows that we have no tolerance for far-right extremists, something that continues to hold true to this day.
On Saturday, November 10th, the 80 year anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Racial Volunteer Front (RVF), a neo-nazi hate group, will demonstrate in our streets. The Racial Volunteer Force (RVF) was founded in 2002 as a neo-nazi organization that is known for its violence, racist ideology and their admiration for Adolf Hitler. Members of the organization have long criminal records for assault and the illegal ownership of firearms. In August 2017, RVF was allowed to demonstrate at the “woonboulevard” in Nijmegen and in September 2018 they tried to violently prevent Nijmegen residents from restoring the vandalized Refugees Welcome graffiti under the Waal Bridge. Now, RVF is directly targeting a social center in the city center of Nijmegen, the Grote Broek.
The Grote Broek has been a symbol of protest and solidarity for almost
35 years. For decades, it has continued the struggle for a society based on equality and inclusivity; it has always stood its ground against eviction and commercialization, as well as against racism and fascism.
But it should not be forgotten that De Grote Broek is part of a larger community, the city of Nijmegen, which has time and again said no to hate and intolerance. That is why when RVF comes to Nijmegen to march through our streets, in an attempt to normalize racism, antisemitism, and sexism, we will stand our ground and defend our city, our community and our values.