Berlin clubbers oppose AfD march with dance party (VIDEO)
Around 5,000 Alternative for Germany (AfD) supporters took part in the march entitled ‘Future for Germany.’ The event saw protesters walk from Berlin’s main train station to the Brandenburg Gate.
The right-wing populist party, known for its anti-migrant and anti-Muslim stance, became the largest opposition party to Angela Merkel’s coalition government after last year’s federal elections.
“Germany has a government that works against its people,” #AfD member Jörg Meuthen claims as the far-right party’s demonstrations at Brandenburg gate is met with an overwhelming majority of counter-protesters, according to Berlin police. #b2705#AfDwegbassen#StoppDenHasspic.twitter.com/33h5WgbOtm— Maximiliane Koschyk (@MaxKoschyk) May 27, 2018
However, a counter-demonstration called ‘Stop the Hatred’ organized in the city’s government district garnered a crowd of almost 20,000 people, reported Reuters. The counter-protest saw people dance to techno, with several DJs playing loud music to encourage a street party of sorts. Images posted by Berlin police show how around 2,000 officers were deployed to keep opposing sides separate.
Rund um das #BrandenburgerTor können Gegendemonstranten in Sicht und Hörweite ihren Protest kundtun. Ein Zaun und unsere Kolleg. trennen die Versammlungen voneinander. #b2705pic.twitter.com/zpbBJPseW2— Polizei Berlin (@polizeiberlin) May 27, 2018
Earlier, the anti-AfD protest organizers said they intended to block the group’s route and predicted attendance at the counter-demonstrations to exceed 10,000.
“We want to attract so many demonstrators that the AfD won't be able to take a single step,” spokesperson Nora Berneis toldDeutsche Welle.
The police are preparing for a major operation with more than 2,000 officers scheduled to be on duty.
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