A former neo-nazi NPD leader wanted to spend a few days in a spa hotel, but the brave management rejected his reservation because of his active right-wing dangerous ideology. The right-wing extremist took his complaint before the Supreme Court and today the verdict reads that basically any hotel operator has the right to reject right-wing extremists as guests.
The wife of this certain Udo Voigt, who was at that time the chairman of the far-right NPD party, wanted to book for 4 days in a ‘well-ness’ Resort Hotel in December 2009 – what she really needed was a clinic for the mentally unstable, or alternatively a jail – however she apparently was also not that bright to realize this.
The Civil Division of the Federal German Court ruled today that Hotel Operators may reject right-wing extremists guests because private hotel operator are free to decide whom to take as a guest and whom not to.
While there is a counter argument that the decision may also turn against members of other general political or religious beliefs – these are protected under the German constitution – the German constitution allows you to be a right-wing idiot but it also allows Hotel owners to keep them out. This is as it should be.
The ‘ wellness – hotel’ in question is the luxury ‘Hotel Esplanade in the Brandenburg village of Storkow- near ‘Bad Saarow’ and the Scharmützelsee should be congratulated for its resolute and courageous stand – for which it has already received several awards.
Next time I need a hotel anywhere near there………….I will definitely book. Sounds like a great place! http://www.esplanade-resort.de/
The Suedeutsche Zeitung reported today – in German – http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/urteil-ueber-hotelverbot-gegen-ex-npd-chef-voigt-hotelbetreiber-duerfen-rechtsextreme-als-gaeste-ablehnen-1.1304415
For history of this case – http://www.thelocal.de/society/20111016-38241.html
See also -http://www.netz-gegen-nazis.de/
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