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Thousands of individuals demonstrated in opposition to right-wing extremism in Lower Saxony this weekend. According to the police, round 6,000 folks got here to a rally in downtown Wolfsburg.

The motto of the demo in town corridor sq. was “For democracy and cohesion”. The VW Group, amongst others, known as for this. People throughout Germany are presently taking to the streets, stated CEO Oliver Blume in his speech – “for our democracy, for freedom, for our values, tolerance, human dignity, cosmopolitanism. Today we are setting this example together here in Wolfsburg.” Democracy and freedom can’t be taken as a right. “It is up to us to defend these values.”

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It is especially essential for Volkswagen as a world firm with places in additional than 150 international locations to take a stand right here, stated Blume. “We are a family. And a family only works if we stand up for our values.” VW desires to display this as a enterprise firm along with the folks of Wolfsburg. In addition to Blume, VW works council boss Daniela Cavallo additionally addressed the individuals with a speech. She accused the AfD of getting a racist, misogynistic and backward picture of society. “It makes me sick!” stated Cavallo, who’s the daughter of an immigrant from Italy. Those who signify such positions are “acting as intellectual arsonists” and wish to sow hatred and divide.

VfL professionals additionally on the speaker’s stage

Wolfsburg's mayor Dennis Weilmann (CDU) described right-wing populism as a “serious danger for our entire society.” Like the 2 soccer professionals Yannick Gerhardt and Marina Hegering from VfL Wolfsburg, he emphasised on the rally how essential it’s to face up collectively for democracy. The police estimated the variety of individuals on Sunday afternoon at round 6,000 – there may have been house for as much as 15,000 folks in town corridor sq.. The occasion was known as for by an alliance known as the “Joining forces of the Wolfsburg Democrats”, which, along with commerce unions and events, additionally consists of the VfL, VW and its works council.

Demonstrations in Salzgitter and Hanover

Already on Saturday afternoon the alliance “Salzgitter pay attention!” known as for an indication in Salzgitter. In Hanover, in accordance with police, greater than 2,000 folks took half in an indication on Weißekreuzplatz within the jap a part of the town on Saturday.

Demos in opposition to Right-wing extremism in Niedersachsen

The following checklist supplies an outline of additional deliberate actions, however doesn’t declare to be full.

  • Oldenburg: On Sunday, February twenty fifth, a broad alliance is asking for an indication from 3 p.m. on Schlossplatz. The motto is: “Together against the right, defend democracy!”
  • Bad Zwischenahn: On Sunday, February twenty fifth, a rally for solidarity and humanity is deliberate available on the market sq. from 3 p.m. There shall be a brief demonstration by the city focus on 4 p.m.

1,800 folks in Wunstorf, 300 in Emden

Last Wednesday, the “Emden sings!” marketing campaign passed off. Around 300 folks gathered on the Emden Delft steps. According to the police, as much as 1,800 folks took to the streets in Wunstorf within the Hanover area for democracy and human rights on Monday. The rally in opposition to right-wing extremism was supported by a broad alliance of native events (SPD, CDU, Greens, FDP, Left), church buildings and associations – it was registered by a non-public particular person, Dirk Kribbe. He instructed NDR Lower Saxony that he was overwhelmed by the various individuals and now wished to proceed to get entangled. For weeks, tens of hundreds of individuals in Lower Saxony have been taking to the streets in opposition to right-wing extremism.

According to the police, 1,800 folks got here to the rally in Wunstorf.

Actions additionally in Hameln and Einbeck

On Saturday every week in the past, folks got here to Hann. Around 1,500 folks got here collectively in Münden, and there have been additionally actions in opposition to right-wing extremism in Hameln, Bersenbrück and Einbeck. According to the native SPD, round 500 folks gathered in Bad Lauterberg on Sunday final week for an indication in opposition to right-wing extremism. An alliance of events, associations and residents known as for this. “So let's all set an example together. For our democracy, for diversity and tolerance,” stated Nils Gehrke, chairman of the SPD within the small city. “And let us say to everyone who stands for misanthropy and exclusion: We are much more,” emphasised Gehrke.

Tens of hundreds display in Lower Saxony

According to police reviews, as much as 7,000 folks in Hanover adopted the decision of the “Colourful instead of Brown” alliance on the primary weekend in February and fashioned a human chain across the Lower Saxony state parliament – beneath the motto “We are the firewall”. The organizers spoke of 10,000 folks. With the marketing campaign, the individuals help the same marketing campaign that passed off on the identical time across the Bundestag in Berlin. Further protests passed off in Edewecht (Ammerland district), Winsen/Luhe (Harburg district) and Walsrode (Heide district). There have been additionally rallies with a number of thousand individuals every in Georgsmarienhütte close to Osnabrück and Wolfenbüttel. Others met in Brake (Wesermarsch district), Gifhorn and Leer. There have been additionally demonstrations in Stade, Edemissen and Seesen.

More than 100 demonstrations in opposition to Right-wing extremism

According to the Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior, there have been round 100 rallies in Lower Saxony within the interval between January fifteenth and twenty eighth alone. “From the North Sea coast to the Teutoburg Forest, from the Dutch border to the Harz: everywhere in Lower Saxony, people are standing up and taking to the streets to preserve our democracy and against right-wing extremism,” stated Interior Minister Daniela Behrens (SPD). “This is a strong and clearly visible sign for all those who want to undermine our democracy and spread hatred and incitement.”

25,000 folks at a rally in Osnabrück

The protests have been triggered by revelations a couple of assembly of radical right-wingers on November twenty fifth in Potsdam, by which some AfD and CDU politicians took half. In Hanover, round 35,000 folks took half in a rally on January twentieth. According to police, round 25,000 folks gathered at a rally in Osnabrück on January twenty seventh. Federal Defense Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) additionally spoke there. “We stand together against the hatred of the fascists and the AfD. We stand for the freedom and human dignity of every individual, because human dignity is inviolable,” stated the Osnabrück native.

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