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Throughout Germany: “The silent majority raises its voice”: Tens of thousands demonstrate against the far right

Throughout Germany: “The silent majority raises its voice”: Tens of thousands demonstrate against the far right

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Frankfurt, Erfurt, Hannover, Hamburg and many other places: Tens of thousands of people take to the streets to demonstrate against the far right and the AfD – and their numbers are growing. A key goal: “Defend democracy”. All the important details about the mass protests in the news ticker.

“The silent majority raises its voice”

5:10 PM: Especially representatives of trade unions, associations, Greens andSPD called for participation. CDU leader Friedrich Merz described the nationwide demonstrations as encouraging.

On Saturday morning in Berlin, he said to the German Press Agency, “The ‘silent’ majority raises their voice and shows that they want to live in a country that is open-minded and free. We stand with those who advocate for our democracy, our rule of law, and our open society,” said Merz. “Let us together not tolerate any discriminatory remarks or right-wing extremist slogans. Together we show a stop sign against any form of extremism and racism: Against any form of hatred, against incitement, and against historical amnesia.”

Police: Approximately 600 people demonstrate against right-wing movements in Sylt

5:07 PM: According to the police, approximately 600 people demonstrated against right-wing movements in Sylt on Saturday. The organizer, the Sylt against Right initiative, claimed there were 1000 participants. At a rally in front of the town hall in Westerland, Deputy Mayor Peter Marnitz (SPD), the gender equality officer of the Sylt municipality, Andrea Dunker, local politicians, as well as journalists from Sylt and Hamburg, addressed the crowd.

Some of the participants held up signs that read: “Colorful is much more beautiful than brown”, “Remigrate yourselves in the knee,” and “Nazis kill”. In partly sunny and windy weather with temperatures around five degrees Celsius, the demonstrators marched through the streets of Westerland after the rally.

Tens of thousands protest against right-wing movements

Saturday, January 20, 5:05 PM: The nationwide protests against right-wing movements and in defense of democracy are gaining significant momentum: On Saturday alone, according to the police and organizers, 35,000 people took to the streets in Frankfurt and Hannover each – one motto was “Defend democracy”.

The event gained significant momentum very quickly, said a police spokesman in Frankfurt. Tens of thousands of people also gathered for peaceful protest in other cities.

Demonstrations in numerous cities across the republic

In Hannover, Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) called on people at the rally to take a clear stand against right-wing movements in their own environment and to stand up for human rights and democracy. “Let’s defend our democracy,” he urged. The demonstrators carried posters with inscriptions such as “We are colorful” or “Fascism is not an alternative”.

In Kassel, the police reported 12,000 participants – twelve times more than expected. Participants carried signs with inscriptions such as “Nazis and anti-Semites must be expatriated” and “Together against extremists for democracy”.

 

In Dortmund and Wuppertal, the police estimated the number of participants at approximately 7000 each. In Wuppertal, the demonstration was held under the motto “Together and in solidarity! Against exclusion, hatred, and incitement!”. In Stuttgart, according to the police, thousands of people gathered under the motto “All together against the AfD“. According to the police, there were an estimated 20,000 people in Karlsruhe.

Thousands of people also took to the streets in Bavaria, including at least 10,000 in Nuremberg, according to the police. In Erfurt, according to the police and organizers, there were several thousand people. In Halle/Saale, around 16,000 people demonstrated according to the police.

Tens of thousands of people were still expected to participate in demonstrations across Germany until Sunday evening.

On Friday evening, it was already necessaryaufgrund des massiven Zulaufs musste eine Kundgebung in Hamburg gegen rechts und die AfD abgebrochen werden. Ein Organisator verwies auf Sicherheitsbedenken. Die Polizei berichtete von 50.000 Teilnehmern, während die Veranstalter von 80.000 sprachen.

 

Dank des nordrhein-westfälischen Ministerpräsidenten an die Demonstranten

Hendrik Wüst, Ministerpräsident von Nordrhein-Westfalen (CDU), bedankte sich bei den Tausenden von Menschen, die landesweit gegen rechts demonstrierten. Dies zeige, dass es in der Mitte der Gesellschaft “eine breite Allianz” gebe, sagte er am Samstag in Düsseldorf. Wüst forderte erneut eine solche “Allianz der Mitte” auch in der Politik, die sich parteiübergreifend und über alle staatlichen Ebenen hinweg bilden müsse. “Wir brauchen einen Schulterschluss der Demokraten.” Wüst bezeichnete die AfD als “brandgefährliche Nazi-Partei”. Auf X, früher bekannt als Twitter, schrieb der CDU-Politiker, dass die AfD nicht im Einklang mit dem Grundgesetz stehe. “Die AfD ist keine konservative Partei und erst recht keine wertorientierte Partei.”

Josef Schuster, der Präsident des Zentralrats der Juden, begrüßte die Kundgebungen. “Ich freue mich wirklich, dass die Mitte der Gesellschaft aufsteht”, sagte Schuster der “Augsburger Allgemeinen” (Samstag). Der Präsident des Bundesamtes für Verfassungsschutz, Thomas Haldenwang, sagte der “Westdeutschen Zeitung” (Samstag): “Es wäre wünschenswert, wenn die schweigende Mehrheit unserer Bevölkerung klar gegen Extremismus und Antisemitismus Position beziehen würde. Und erfreulicherweise demonstrieren aktuell viele Menschen dagegen.”

Berichterstattung über Treffen Rechtsradikaler als Ursache

Der Grund für die seit mehreren Tagen andauernden Proteste ist ein Bericht des Medienhauses Correctiv aus der vergangenen Woche über ein bis dahin nicht bekanntes Treffen von Rechtsradikalen in einer Potsdamer Villa vom 25. November. An dem Treffen hatten auch mehrere AfD-Politiker sowie einzelne Mitglieder der CDU und der sehr konservativen Werteunion teilgenommen.

Der ehemalige Anführer der rechtsextremen Identitären Bewegung in Österreich, Martin Sellner, hatte in Potsdam über “Remigration” gesprochen, wie er selbst angab. Wenn Rechtsextremisten den Begriff verwenden, meinen sie in der Regel, dass eine große Zahl von Menschen ausländischer Herkunft das Land verlassen soll – auch unter Zwang.

til/dpa

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