When a group of neo-Nazi sympathizers planned an event in the German town of Ostritz recently, the local government didn't refuse to issue a permit. The residents didn't panic. Instead, a Dresden court ruled that people at the rally could not have any beer, and police showed up every day to confiscate their booze.


On the first day of the event, officers seized about 1,110 gallons of beer. And Ostritz residents did their part too. Shoppers including those shown here bought more than 200 cans of beer from the town's only supermarket, until there wasn't any beer left on the shelves. "We wanted to dry the Nazis out," said community activist Georg Salditt, A novel approach.