Anti-racism protesters across Germany
Thousands of people across Germany have protested while keeping safe distance for a broader set of aims including end to racism and affordable housing in Germany, organisers said.
Iran Press/ Europe: Thousands demonstrated in Berlin against racism and for broader fairness, including sharing the coronavirus burden, as they stretched a human chain through the German capital on Sunday while keeping safe distances, AFP reported.
Although the German Weather Service (DWD) issued a storm warning for a swathe of the country, people also turned out in other cities like Leipzig and Hamburg after a nationwide appeal from progressive movement Unteilbar (Indivisible).
"Now we will decide whether we manage to put ourselves on the path to an anti-racist society of social and climate justice," tweeted Canan Bayram, Greens party MP for Berlin's lively central Kreuzberg district.
The capital's human chain was slated to stretch from the world-famous Brandenburg Gate past the landmark Communist-era TV tower at Alexanderplatz and down into the ethnically diverse Neukoelln district.
Organisers had registered 5,000 people to show up, while police said they were prepared for up to 20,000.
Members of Omas gegen Rechts (grannies against right) group, one of the participants of the so-called "Indivisible" demonstration, gather to form a human chain in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest against the lockdown following the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Berlin, Germany, June 14, 2020. (Reuters)
Over 10,000 people gathered in Berlin under the banner of Black Lives Matter last weekend in response to the May 25 killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the slogan was also in evidence on banners and T-shirts Sunday.
But the organisers of the latest demonstration posted a broader set of aims on their website.
Their demands include better working conditions and pay for all including migrants, affordable housing, upholding asylum rights, relaunching the economy along green lines and allowing workers more say in how companies are run.
"Who bears the costs of the global crisis, who will be stronger afterwards and who weaker — that's being decided now," Unteilbar organisers wrote.