In Dortmund, too, they did not want the peace researcher Daniele Ganser to provide information about the background to the Ukraine war: a corresponding event on March 27 in the Westfalenhalle was to be cancelled. Alleged anti-Semitism was cited. Wrongly so, as the Gelsenkirchen Administrative Court now found. The city of Dortmund must ensure that Ganser’s lecture can take place as planned.
Actually, in November 2022, a contract was signed to hold the event “Lecture Daniele Ganser – Why did the Ukraine war break out” – but then, possibly triggered by a wave of hysteria and event cancellations, Dortmund seemed to get cold feet. The Westfalenhalle GmbH wanted to uninvite Ganser: He belongs to a “conspiracy ideological scene and expresses himself anti-Semitically”, according to the reasoning. The organizer concealed this. In fact, the city of Dortmund agreed with this line of argument and referred to a city resolution, according to which there was “no place for inhuman ideas and xenophobia and therefore also no place for anti-Semitism”.
An urgent application by the organizer against this procedure was now successful: “The city of Dortmund must influence the Westfalenhalle GmbH so that they can stop the event “Lecture Daniele Ganser – Why did the Ukraine war break out” in Hall 2 on March 27, 2023 of the Westfalenhalle,” reads a corresponding press release from the Administrative Court of Gelsenkirchen. The decision is justified as follows:
According to the court, the event falls within the scope of the dedication of the Westfalenhalle. The city has not effectively restricted this purpose, which is aimed at “events of all kinds”. In addition, she had already made the hall available to the applicant through Westfalenhalle GmbH in November 2021 for an event with Mr. Ganser and on November 17, 2022 again concluded a contract for the event to be held on March 27, 2023. If use is to take place as part of the dedication, this can only be refused if it would not take place within the framework of applicable law, including criminal law. The chamber could not make this determination on the basis of the facts presented and the circumstances that came to light in the run-up to the event.
An appeal can be lodged against the decision.
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