march for Palestine in Berlin (VIDEOS)

38 march for Palestine in Berlin (VIDEOS)

The demonstration occurred underneath heavy restrictions after authorities lifted a blanket ban on pro-Palestine rallies

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Berlin on Saturday demanding an finish to Israel’s “genocide” in Gaza. Native authorities have closely restricted pro-Palestine protests.

Some 6,000 folks marched within the German capital, the DPA press company reported, though some leftist teams concerned in organizing the rally claimed that greater than 5 instances that quantity took half.

Video footage shot by RT confirmed crowds holding Palestinian flags and placards studying “cease the genocide,” “what number of children must die?” and “ceasefire now.”

Berlin and different German cities responded to the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas warfare by banning all pro-Palestine demonstrations. A number of unlawful protests had been held in Berlin, with 65 cops injured and 174 protesters arrested at a rally that turned violent within the metropolis in late October.

The ban has since been relaxed, with licensed demonstrations permitted. Expressions of assist for Hamas or different militant teams, in addition to slogans deemed anti-Semitic or anti-Israel are forbidden at these formally sanctioned rallies. German federal legislation additionally prohibits the glorification of violence and the burning of the Israeli flag.

On Thursday, German Inside Minister Nancy Faeser introduced a ban on all pro-Hamas exercise and dissolved the German department of Samidoun, a gaggle that organizes pro-Palestine rallies in Europe and the US. Faeser accused Samidoun of holding “jubilant celebrations” when Hamas militants attacked Israel on October 7. 

The crackdown has been condemned by a gaggle of greater than 100 German Jewish intellectuals. In an open letter final month, the group accused police of utilizing anti-Semitism as an excuse “to suppress legit and non-violent political expression, which can embody criticism of Israel.”

Saturday’s rally was peaceable, with police reporting the arrest of just one particular person; a lady who allegedly attacked a journalist.

Related protests had been held in cities throughout Europe, with rallies in Paris and London drawing large crowds. London’s Metropolitan Police stated that they cleared a gaggle of demonstrators who sat on the street blocking a site visitors intersection at Oxford Circus, and arrested a complete of 11 folks all through the afternoon, one in all whom allegedly carried a “placard that might incite hatred.” 

In Paris, hundreds of demonstrators marched in defiance of a ban on pro-Palestinian protests. The group had been heard chanting “Israel murderer, Macron confederate,” referring to French President Emmanuel Macron’s supply of troops to combat Hamas.

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