UPDATE At least 150,000 people protested in Berlin on Saturday against the rise of the far-right (video)

UPDATE At least 150,000 people protested in Berlin on Saturday against the rise of the far-right (video)
UPDATE At least 150,000 people protested in Berlin on Saturday against the rise of the far-right (video)
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Thousands of demonstrators gathered in front of the Reichstag building in central Berlin on Saturday to demonstrate against racism and the extreme right, with many other peaceful rallies planned across the country, AFP reports, Agerpres reports.

UPDATE 21:32 At least 150,000 people, according to police, demonstrated in central Berlin against the far right on Saturday, forming a human chain in front of the Reichstag building and chanting anti-fascist slogans, and more than two hundred other peaceful gatherings were planned across the country, AFP and DPA reports. , quoted by Agerpres.

“We are 300,000 people in Berlin and tens of thousands on the streets all over Germany and we are broadcasting live. You are crazy!”, in turn, the organizers sent on the X social network. The square in front of the Reichstag, located in the heart of the district where the institutions of power are located, was full of people.

Numerous people who did not take place were redirected to nearby areas. This action against hatred and intolerance is supported by an alliance called ‘Hand in Hand’, consisting of almost 1,800 organizations.

“All together against fascism!” chanted the crowd, whose protest could be watched live on YouTube. “From the heart instead of hate”, “Racism is not an alternative”, “Liberté, égalité, Fuck AfD”, referring to the anti-migrant and anti-system Alternative for Germany party, could be read on the colorful placards of the demonstrators.

The gathering, larger than expected, dispersed at the beginning of the evening. The 200 planned demonstrations in the country, as well as the hundreds of protests that have taken place for several weeks, are a testament to the shock caused by the January 10 revelation by the German investigative media Correctiv of an extremist meeting in Potsdam, near Berlin, where , in November, a plan for the mass expulsion of foreigners or persons of foreign origin was discussed.

Against the background of economic slowdown and inflation, the anti-migrant and anti-establishment party Alternative for Germany (AfD) continues to rise in the polls, months before three important state elections in the east of the country.

the initial news

The square, located in the heart of the district where the institutions of power are located, was filled with people.

“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 over 1,500 organizations, including Friday for Future and the Campact citizens’ alliance.

Up to 100,000 people were expected, according to the police, quoted by the RBB radio station. The capital’s security forces said they had deployed 700 police officers to the area.

“Whether it’s Eisenach, Hamburg or Berlin: in small and large cities all over the country, many citizens are gathering to demonstrate against forgetting, against hatred and incitement to hatred this weekend as well. A strong sign for democracy and our Constitution,” Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz wrote on the X social network on Saturday morning.

The Brandenburg Gate subway station was closed, BVG said on the X network, the city’s public transport management company, while traffic was disrupted in the Mitte district.

Hundreds of protests have been taking place across Germany for weeks.

They are evidence of 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 to deport foreigners or people of foreign origin.

Against the background of economic slowdown and inflation, the anti-migrant and anti-establishment party Alternative for Germany (AfD) continues to rise in the polls, months before three important state elections in the east of the country.


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