Pro-Palestinian demonstrators are once again marching through the streets of Berlin. Strict requirements apply to the event. Alexanderplatz is increasingly filling with people.
Thousands of people gathered in Berlin at midday for the start of the pro-Palestinian demonstration. The area around the Neptune Fountain on Alexanderplatz in the Mitte district became increasingly filled with people from 2 p.m.
They carried Palestine flags and posters with slogans such as “Stop the genocide in Gaza” or “From the river to the sea – we demand equality” – translated: From the river to the sea, we demand equality for everyone. This refers to the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. A speaker called for an end to the “apartheid culture” and a stop to the bombings in Gaza.
At around 3 p.m. the police counted around 6,000 people. However, a “further influx is to be expected,” said a spokeswoman on site. Accordingly, the police checked the personal details of individual participants. Some posters that violated the requirements were painted over or taken down.
Not everything is allowed
The demonstration will take place under strict conditions. Operations manager Stephan Katte emphasized in advance that anyone who denies Israel’s right to exist is committing a crime that will be punished immediately.
“Repeated commission of such crimes can lead to the dissolution of a meeting very early on,” Katte told the German Press Agency. According to the police, any statements that are anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and that glorify violence or terror are prohibited. “We assume that the majority of participants will bring peaceful protest to the streets,” said Dierschke. However, the police expect occasional violations.
Several pro-Palestinian groups nationwide have called for the protest march. “Many from the left-wing political spectrum who have already called for the “revolutionary May 1st demonstration” this year also mobilized,” the police said.
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