An illustration in opposition to supplying Ukraine with weapons for warfare with Russia attracted 10,000 individuals on Saturday, drawing criticism from high German authorities officers and a big police presence to take care of order.
Organised by a distinguished left-wing German politician, the protest comes a day after the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which drew guarantees of extra weapons from western allies, contemporary sanctions in opposition to Russia and reveals of help for Kyiv throughout the globe.
“We name on the German chancellor to cease the escalation of arms deliveries. Now!…As a result of every single day misplaced prices as much as 1,000 extra lives – and brings us nearer to a third world warfare,” the protest’s organizers mentioned on their web site.
The “Rebellion for Peace” was organised partially by Sahra Wagenknecht, a member of Germany’s left-wing Die Linke get together.
Germany, together with the USA, has been one of many greatest suppliers of weapons for Ukraine.
“Negotiate, not escalate” one signal held by a demonstrator mentioned, whereas a banner within the crowd learn “Not our warfare”.
A police spokesperson mentioned 10,000 individuals gathered round Germany’s symbolic Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin.
Police mobilised 1,400 officers to maintain the peace and to implement bans on army uniforms, Russian and Soviet flags, Russian army songs and right-wing symbols.
The police spokesperson mentioned there was no signal of right-wing teams attending and that the protest, which German Finance Minister Christian Lindner mentioned have to be “clearly opposed”, was peaceable.
“Whoever doesn’t stand by Ukraine is on the flawed facet of historical past,” Lindner mentioned on Twitter.
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