Tens of thousands of demonstrators expected
“Indivisible” wants to demonstrate on Saturday in Berlin for solidarity society
300 organizations are involved, tens of thousands of participants are expected. The “indivisible” alliance wants to demonstrate in Berlin on Saturday. It should deal with topics such as climate change, racism and social injustice.
The action alliance Indivisible is expecting tens of thousands of people in Berlin on Saturday for a large demonstration for a just society based on solidarity. As the organizers announced in the capital on Wednesday, well over 300 organizations from the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), the human rights organization Amnesty International, the climate movement Fridays for Future and the Berlin tenants’ association are participating.
Left, SPD and Greens are also in the protest march. Left-wing top candidate Klaus Lederer and the top candidates for the House of Representatives election Franziska Giffey (SPD) and Bettina Jarasch (Greens) are expected.
The great catastrophes of our time
Almost three weeks before the federal election, the demonstrators want to point out various problem areas and threats which, in their opinion, endanger social cohesion and the future of people in Germany and around the world. These are above all climate change, racism, social injustice and one currently looming “humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan”.
In the election campaign for the Bundestag elections, “the content was negotiated too little and the scope of the escalating crises not adequately named”, according to the joint appeal of the organizations involved.
Edward Snowden there via video switch
The demonstration begins at 1 p.m. with a kick-off rally in the area of Straße des 17. Juni, the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz. Then the long train, which is divided into various thematic “blocks”, should move to Alexanderplatz, where a final rally is planned around 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The police assume up to 30,000 participants. “But we do not expect violent clashes,” said a police spokeswoman on Friday.
During the event, DGB board member Anja Piel, Fridays for Future activist Carla Reemtsma and the managing director of the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband, Ulrich Schneider, will speak. An appearance by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, who lives in exile in Russia, is also planned via video link.
Large demonstration with hygiene rules
The indivisible alliance has been organizing again and again for years large and thematically diverse demonstrations for an open and just society. In 2018, according to indivisible information, around 240,000 people took part in a rally in Berlin. There were also demonstrations before state elections or after the right-wing extremist attack on the synagogue in Halle.
According to the organizers, the demonstration on Saturday will be rounded off by a “clearly political” music program. The artist Max Herre will appear. The organizers also emphasized compliance with the corona protection rules. Participants should wear masks, preferably with the standard FFP2. The usual distance and hygiene rules also apply. Unvaccinated participants are asked to test themselves beforehand.
Broadcast: Inforadio, 09/01/2021, 3:02 p.m.