In the German cities of Berlin and Potsdam, thousands of people participated in protests against the far right, according to German media. The reason for the demonstrations was the revelation of a meeting between right-wing extremists and AfD politicians in Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg. According to Die Tagesschau, a plan for mass deportation of migrants has been discussed.
In Potsdam, the city’s mayor, Mike Schubert, of the Social Democratic Party, called for a demonstration. “These plans remind us of the darkest chapter in German history,” Schubert said. “That’s why it’s time to show our true colors and defend democracy.” According to Schubert, the protest attracted 10,000 people.
The demonstrators carried posters bearing slogans such as “Potsdam is colorful” and “We are stuck together.” In addition to local politicians, participants also included Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Social Democratic Party) and Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Green Party). “I stand here as one of thousands of Potsdam residents who defend democracy and against fascism old and new,” Baerbock said.
In the capital, Berlin, countless people took to the streets against the far right. According to organizers, about 25,000 demonstrators passed through the Brandenburg Gate, and local media put the number at about 8,000. According to Die Tagesschau, the atmosphere was “peaceful” and many families participated.
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