Tens of thousands rally across Germany against racism and police brutality

Tens of thousands rally across Germany against racism and police brutality
Protesters take part in an anti-racism demonstration in Berlin. Photo: DPA
Tens of thousands of people have attended anti-racism protests in cities across Germany on Saturday.

Protesters demonstrated against police violence and racism in the wake of the killing of US man George Floyd in the northern US city of Minneapolis on May 25th. 

The incident was filmed and went viral, with similar protests taking place in the United States and across the globe. 

While Saturday’s protests were not the first to take place in Germany, they were the largest and most coordinated efforts to date. 

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While the protests were approved despite coronavirus restrictions, police implored demonstrators to keep social distance during the rallies.

A reported 20,000 turned out in Munich, along with 14,000 in Hamburg, 10,000 in Stuttgart, and large gatherings also took place in Düsseldorf, Freiburg, Cologne, Hanover, Frankfurt and several other cities.

In Berlin, an estimated 15,000 people attended a demonstration at the central Alexanderplatz, despite a registration for only 1,500. Police used Twitter to tell protesters that the event was ‘full’ just 45 minutes after its scheduled start time and asked people to stop arriving. 

Demonstrators in Berlin observed an 8 minute and 46 second period of silence, symbolising the amount of time that Floyd’s arresting officer placed his knee on his neck.

Altercations in Hamburg and Berlin

Although protesters and German police won praise for their handling of the protests, not all events were peaceful. 

Police in Berlin were required to respond to a series of altercations against officers in the aftermath of the demonstration. DPA reports that 93 people were arrested and 28 police officers were injured, three of whom required hospitalisation.

In Hamburg, police used a water cannon against protesters who threw bottles and stones at officers.

 

 

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  1. All lives matter. To select a single race for special treatment is simply racist, by definition. Police brutality, if it happens, must be addressed through the proper channels: elected representatives, petitions, referendums etc. Violence and vandalism will convince nobody. BLM is a racist, political organisation that calls for de-funding police forces. They also want to redistribute wealth and resources earned by non-blacks to their benefit. They would not be allowed in Europe today and if the real racists of the 30s and 40s had not been stopped by the Allies. And yet, they disrespect and vandalise the statues of those that stood up to fascism and racism. If Hitler had won, they would not be vandalising his statues across Europe, which would be reserved for white Aryans.

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