BONN (FOMC) The Jules Fantasy Market in Leipzig was a fixed date in this years programme of the Federal Office for Magical Creatures after the great start last year. Due to the heated atmosphere because of the refugee debate and the xenophobic rebel-rousing by members of Pegida and Legida, the organisers have decided not to participate at this years Jules Fantasy Market in the Saxan city Leipzig.
Fantasy literature stands for tolerance the dealing with myths and cultures, they are modern fairy-tales which are passed on in book format and are lived as cosplay. All those who spend time on fantasy is open to become familiar with other cultures and ways of living. Especially in the eastern part of Germany, in cities like Leipzig and Dresden, this is no longer the case an in such a climate of hate and exclusion we do not see a basis for participating.
Climate of hate created by Pegida
The set up of gallows at a Pegida demonstration in Dresden, which had writings on them which said they are reserved for Angela Merkel and Sigmar Gabriel, tipped the scales. Even though I am no supporter of these two politicians, in a political argument there are boundaries of decencies which should not be crossed. With the crossing of this boundary the hate propaganda of the right-wing rebel-rousers of the Pegida scene reached an extent that we, at the FOMC, find simply disgusting.
Some weeks ago Canada offered his citizens information, which did not throw the best light on the eastern part of Germany and could be read as a travel warning. At the FOMC we took note of it smilingly and in disbelief. But in the meantime the impression that the eastern part of Germany is becoming more and more a No-Go-Area, which one should stay well clear of, was formed
Nontheless, the FOMC wishes the organisers of this years Jules Fantasy Market good luck.