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Tens of thousands join 50th year of Easter Marches

DDP/The Local · 5 Apr 2010, 17:52

Published: 05 Apr 2010 17:52 GMT+02:00

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Organisers said on Monday they had been pleased with the turnout for the marches in 80 towns and cities across Germany, saying in a statement they had been a “clear demonstration against militarisation and war.”

The traditional Easter demonstrations, which began as anti-nuclear protests in West Germany during the Cold War, celebrated their 50th anniversary this year.

They reached their highpoint in the 1970s during the Vietnam war and 1980s following the NATO “double track” decision to deploy Pershing and Tomahawk missiles in Europe. In those times, hundreds of thousands of people took the streets at Easter.

“The news at Easter reminds us of the easily forgotten, brutal reality of the Afghanistan war and also of its hopelessness,” said Manfred Stenner, the head of the Network of the German Peace Movement, one of the co-ordinators of the marches.

Afghanistan has loomed large this Easter, after three German soldiers were shot dead by Taliban insurgents and six Afghan soldiers killed by the Bundeswehr in a “friendly fire” incident on Good Friday.

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Your comments about this article

20:21 April 5, 2010 by Hebbellover
Blah, blah, blah, oh please, do these protestors not have something better to do?
00:06 April 6, 2010 by annoymouse
"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." Abraham Lincoln
00:06 April 6, 2010 by whatzup
Its great the protesters are out as it channels their energy in a harmless way. Protests are one of the least effective ways of changing policy and at least these confused folks are getting some air and exercise.
03:21 April 6, 2010 by vonSchwerin
Although I disagree with them politically, I'd rather they protest peacefully than smash windows, throw bottles, and burn cars like the "Revolutionäre 1. Mai" idiots in Berlin usw.
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