For several days now, demonstrations have been taking place in Germany against the strengthening of far-right forces. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across Germany on Saturday. According to German media, according to preliminary estimates, at least three hundred thousand people demonstrated in total.
One of the largest rallies took place in Hannover, the capital of Lower Saxony. The police gave the figure of 35,000. participants. Speakers included a former president German Christian Wulff and the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil – reports the ARD portal. About 35 thousand people also gathered in Frankfurt am Main.
Several large events took place in North Rhine-Westphalia. The police charged PLN 30,000. participants in Dortmund, 12 thousand in Recklinghausen and 10 thousand in Aachen. According to the organizers, approximately 20,000 people took part in a demonstration under the slogan “All together against fascism” in Braunschweig in Lower Saxony. Over 16 thousand people took to the streets of Halle in Saxony-Anhalt. In the capital of Thuringia, Erfurt, about 9,000 people gathered on the cathedral square. people.
More demonstrations against the strengthening of far-right forces
Demonstrations were also held in other German cities on Saturday. The next ones are announced for Sunday. The main factor causing the wave of protests was the recently revealed information about the meeting of AfD party politicians, neo-Nazis and entrepreneurs in November 2023 at a secret meeting in Potsdam. They were supposed to discuss plans to expel millions of people with migrant roots from Germany.
Warning about the threat to democracy in Germany
As reported by dw.com, “representatives of politics and society welcomed the numerous demonstrations against the far right in German cities.”
“Thomas Haldenwang, head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, he told the Westdeutsche Zeitung newspaper: It would be advisable for the silent majority of our society to take a clear stance against extremism and anti-Semitism. He expressed satisfaction that so many people are currently demonstrating against it,” we read on dw.com. As it was added, “Haldenwang warned about the threat to democracy in Germany.”
“All democratic centrist parties are already aware of the seriousness of the situation – said the head of civilian counterintelligence. In his opinion, this is evidenced by, among other things, the more intense discussion about the AfD. There are even considerations about banning this party,” it was written.
It was noted that “referring to the meeting of right-wing extremists in Potsdam and the ‘re-emigration’ plans discussed there, Haldenwang stated: Ultimately, the extremists have nothing else in mind than demanding the deportation of specific population groups.”
“It is unconstitutional and contrary to the principles of a libertarian democratic system,” Thomas Haldenwang was quoted in dw.com