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Status: 07.06.2024 20:39

Two days earlier than the European elections, a broad alliance took a stand in opposition to right-wing extremism with a big demonstration in downtown Hamburg. According to the organizers, 30,000 contributors got here, however the police initially spoke of as much as 26,000 individuals.

“Stop right-wing extremism, defend democracy, go vote” was the motto of the demonstration, which was referred to as for by the North Church, “Fridays for Future”, the DGB Hamburg, the Go Vote alliance and associations equivalent to “Clear Edge against the Right” and “Entrepreneurs without Borders”. The intention was to encourage younger individuals specifically to vote on Sunday. In the gang, posters with slogans equivalent to “Yes to the rule of law. No to the right”, “Hate and incitement are not an alternative for Germany” and “Huck Föcke” might be learn.

AfD wished to forestall demonstration

Among the demonstrators had been representatives of the SPD, Greens, CDU, Left Party and FDP. The AfD had referred to as for the rally to be cancelled. This would additional poison the social local weather “and violent left-wing extremists would feel vindicated in their actions”.

“The AfD is the enemy of employees”

In the elections, everybody counts, mentioned Hamburg's DGB head Tanja Chawla. “One thing is clear: the AfD is the enemy of employees. We say: Vote for the future, vote democratically!” The basic supervisor of the Northern Business Association (UV Nord), Thomas Fröhlich, warned of a shift to the suitable. One in 4 workers in corporations within the north has a migrant background. “We will not let anything or anyone take away our hard-earned and now completely natural welcoming culture.”

Fehrs: “It's in our hands”

A demonstration against right-wing extremism in downtown Hamburg. © NDR Photo: Zeljko Todorovic

The begin and finish level of the demonstration was Ludwig-Erhard-Straße.

The present EKD Council Chairwoman, Nordkirchen Bishop Kirsten Fehrs, mentioned: “It is in our hands which direction Europe takes.” When persons are discriminated in opposition to, despised and attacked due to their origin, faith or look, one should not stay silent, warned Fehrs, who took half within the rally along with State Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky and the Deputy Chairwoman of the Council of Islamic Communities in Hamburg (Shura), Özlem Nas.

St. Pauli and HSV carry out collectively

The in any other case rival large Hamburg soccer golf equipment additionally confirmed solidarity: Democracy is a staff sport, emphasised St. Pauli President Oke Göttlich and HSV approved consultant Marieke Patyna, who appeared collectively. “In these times it is more important than ever that we all get involved and raise our voices together: for diversity and democratic values. Against hatred and exclusion,” mentioned Patyna.

Joris, province and an airplane

The rally was accompanied musically by the indie pop band Provinz and the singer and songwriter Joris, who instructed his viewers: “It's great that you're all going to vote democratically on Sunday.” Above the rally, an airplane flew a banner with the decision to “GoVote” by way of the Hamburg sky.

Start and finish at Ludwig-Erhard-Straße

The demonstration march led from Ludwig-Erhard-Strasse by way of Mönckebergstrasse, Ballindamm and Gorch-Fock-Wall again to Ludwig-Erhard-Strasse. In the early afternoon, feeder demonstration marches had already began in the direction of town centre. Several hundred demonstrators marched with the alliance “Clear Edge against the Right” from Pferdemarkt in the direction of Ludwig-Erhard-Strasse. There had been fewer individuals at the beginning of the “Demorave” at Theodor-Heuss-Platz, which additionally led to a serious demonstration.

In mid-January, round 180,000 individuals took to the streets in Hamburg to protest in opposition to right-wing extremism. The set off was the revelation of a gathering between right-wing extremists and AfD politicians in Potsdam.

Further info

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