Thousands of demonstrators gathered in front of the Reichstag building in central Berlin to oppose racism and right-wing extremism, with many other peaceful rallies planned across the country, AFP reports.
The square, located right in the heart of the government quarter, was packed at lunchtime and people kept coming.
“All together against fascism,” chanted the crowd at the demonstration, which was broadcast live on YouTube by the organizers, the Hand in Hand movement, which brings together more than 1,500 organizations, including Friday for Future and the citizens’ alliance Campact.
Up to 100,000 people were expected to participate, according to the police, quoted by RBB radio. The capital’s police said they deployed 700 officers to the event.
Whether it’s Eisenach, Homburg or Berlin: in cities across the country, many citizens are gathering again this weekend to demonstrate against forgetting, hatred and incitement to hate. “A strong sign for democracy and our Constitution,” said Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the X social network on Saturday morning.
The Brandenburg Gate subway station was closed, BVG per X, the city’s public transport company, said, while traffic was disrupted in the Mitte district.
Hundreds of demonstrations have taken place across Germany since December.
They reflect the shock caused by the revelation, on January 10, by the German investigative media Correctiv, of a meeting of extremists in Potsdam, near Berlin, where in November a plan for the mass expulsion of foreigners or natives was discussed foreign
Against the background of the economic slowdown and inflation, the anti-migrant and anti-establishment party Alternative for Germany (AfD) is steadily rising in the polls, a few months before three important regional elections in the east of the country.
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