Pogrom Remembrance Day: Thousands vs Right Demo

Pogrom Remembrance Day: Thousands vs Right Demo

The call for a right-wing demonstration encounters a faint echo on the day of the Pogrom Night. The better the counter-demonstration. The message of the opponents: never again.

Many people in Berlin-Mitte have opposed a right-wing demonstration on the anniversary of the Pogrom Night. According to the police, a demonstration called "Funeral March for the Dead of Politics" with about 120 participants was reported by the "We for Germany" Alliance on Friday evening, according to the police, facing several thousand counter-demonstrators on Washingtonplatz and the Marschallbrücke. The police claimed 1,200 officers.

In the speeches of the counter-demonstrators was reminiscent of the Holocaust and the right-wing populists are accused of taunting the victims. On banners and signs read "diversity instead of hate", "never again anti-Semitism or xenophobia of any kind" or even "sad that I must protest against hatred of the people". The right demo was honored with whistles and "Nazis out" calls.

Previously, the Higher Administrative Court (OVG) Berlin-Brandenburg in the second instance had the repeal of the official ban on demonstrating against the so-called funeral march of the right. The court called the ban – like the administrative court – unlawful. There is no danger to public order. Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) and the police had initially banned the elevator with 250 registered participants.

The elevator "would blatantly negate the moral-ethical status and meaning of this memorial day," the interior senator had argued. Open right-wing extremism under the guise of freedom of expression should not be tolerated. Geisel regretted the lifting of the ban and reiterated his view that the deployment of the right wing was a provocation.

"I am also convinced after the court decision that we should not allow this on a day when the world looks to Berlin," said in a written statement Geisels. Although the decision of the OVG applies, it is "not a free ticket for right-wing extremists". Similarly expressed Berlin's Mayor Michael Müller (SPD), who expressly acknowledged the commitment of the counter-demonstrators.

After the demonstration, there were delays at the main station. Among other things, were still numerous counter-demonstrators in the building. Federal police guards among other tracks.

In the past, the right-wing alliance "We for Germany" had demonstrated several times under the motto "Merkel must go". Most recently, around 2,000 people had moved through Berlin-Mitte on 3 October, with individual participants showing the Hitler salute.

Representatives of scientific and religious institutions had also demanded that the Friday evening demonstration be banned. An alliance for social justice and human dignity had joined the appeal.

In the days around November 9, 1938, the Nazis controlled all over Germany people of Jewish faith were arrested and murdered, devastated apartments and synagogues set fire all over Germany. These were the most severe attacks so far.

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