Berlin peace demo draws 50 000 people
The politician Sahra Wagenknecht and journalist Alice Schwarzer have received a lot of criticism for their peace initiative, but they are unapologetic. "The dying must finally end," said Wagenknecht. A total of 50 000 people demonstrated for their cause in Berlin.
Published: February 26, 2023, 8:27 am
The left-wing politician Wagenknecht and women’s rights activist Schwarzer called for the demonstration on Saturday. Shortly before the rally began, the police initially spoke of “5 000 participants” and no special incidents.
The organizers said that 10 000 people were registered to participate. The number has since been corrected to 50 000 participants.
640 000 signatures for peace
The police were on duty with 1 400 officers, according to Twitter. Several small counter-demonstrations with mostly double-digit numbers of participants were also registered in the vicinity of the Brandenburg Gate.
Wagenknecht and Schwarzer wanted to underpin their demands with a “Manifesto for Peace” launched two weeks ago in which they called on Chancellor Olaf Scholz to “stop the escalation in arms deliveries”.
Scholz, Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) and Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FPD) made it clear that they did not share the same conviction. Critics have accused Wagenknecht and Schwarzer of being “naive”. But by Saturday noon, more than 640 000 people had declared their approval of the “Manifesto” on the Internet.
Demo von Alice #Schwarzer und Sahra #Wagenknecht gegen #Waffenlieferungen am Brandenburger Tor in Berlin #b2502 #Wagenknecht_und_Schwarzer pic.twitter.com/iIdrYJAIJu
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