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Demo in Berlin and Dresden after assaults on politicians

After the attack on the SPD MEP Ecke, a solidarity rally took place in front of the Brandenburg Gate.  Photo: J

After the assault on the SPD MEP Ecke, a solidarity rally occurred in entrance of the Brandenburg Gate. picture

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The SPD politician Ecke was attacked and injured whereas hanging up election posters in Dresden. In Dresden and Berlin, 1000’s of individuals take to the streets in solidarity with these attacked.

After the assault on SPD politician Matthias Ecke, 1000’s of individuals demonstrated for democracy and in opposition to violence in Dresden and Berlin. In Dresden, round 3,000 individuals gathered within the Striesen district early on Sunday night. There, Ecke was overwhelmed up by 4 younger males whereas hanging up election posters on Friday night. Shortly earlier than, the identical group had allegedly attacked and injured a 28-year-old Green Party marketing campaign employee close by.

In Berlin, round 1,000 individuals got here to the Brandenburg Gate to point out solidarity with the attacked politician. Originally, 50 individuals had been introduced for the rally, because the police mentioned prematurely. The Green Party chairmen Ricarda Lang and Omid Nouripour, SPD chief Lars Klingbeil, SPD General Secretary Kevin Kühnert, in addition to the Prime Ministers of Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia, Michael Kretschmer and Hendrik Wüst (each CDU), additionally got here to the demonstration.

On behalf of the SPD, Klingbeil expressed shock on the act of violence. “The Höckes and the Gaulands and the Weidels may not have raised their fist and they didn't strike directly. But I'm telling you, they helped produce the social climate in this country that makes other people rely on volunteers and activists to hit politicians.”

Climate activist Neubauer: “Then we are all included”

Climate activist Luisa Neubauer emphasised that the assault on Ecke meant all Democrats. “When people who stand up for democracy are attacked, when people who speak out for justice are torn apart on the Internet, when people no longer dare to stand up freely for non-violence, for democracy, for a better society, then we are everyone is meant.”

Wüst beforehand mentioned within the ARD “Report from Berlin” that violence just isn’t an efficient means in politics. The assaults had been paying homage to the darkest chapters in German historical past.

Ecke was attacked whereas placing up posters in Dresden

Matthias Ecke is the Saxon SPD's main candidate for the European elections. The 41-year-old was attacked whereas posting posters on Friday night. He suffered a fracture of his cheekbone and eye socket in addition to hematomas on his face, mentioned Saxony's SPD chief Henning Homann on Sunday afternoon.

On Thursday in Essen, Bundestag member Kai Gehring (Greens) and his social gathering colleague Rolf Fliß mentioned they had been attacked and Fliß was overwhelmed. Just a few days in the past, Bundestag Vice President Katrin-Göring-Eckardt (Greens) was aggressively harassed after an occasion in japanese Brandenburg and prevented from leaving for a very long time. According to police, an AfD member of the state parliament was overwhelmed at an data stand in Nordhorn, Lower Saxony, on Saturday morning.