October 29, 2020

Massive protest in Berlin against the extreme right after the anti-Semitic attack

Thousands of people gathered on Saturday in the center of Berlin in protest against the far-right and in repudiation of the anti-Semitic attack last Wednesday in Halle (East Germany), which left two dead.

The demonstration, convened by the platform "Unteilbar" ("Indivisibles") and other activist groups under the slogan "Not a millimeter. End anti-Semitism and racism", began in front of Humboldt University, in the Bebelplatz square, stage in 1933 of the burning of books by the Nazi regime.

"When I heard about the Halle attack, I was not surprised," said Mischa Ushakow of the Jewish student union in Germany at the start of the protest.

Although "violence and terror have never been so close," his obligation as a Jew is not to be intimidated, he added, quoted by the newspaper "Tagesspiegel."

Leftist politician Ferat Kocak, a victim of an ultra-right-wing fire attack in February last year, called on security agencies to "curb the neo-Nazi terror."

The organizers want to give an answer to Wednesday's anti-Semitic attack in Halle, in which a heavily armed ultra-rightist tried to access the synagogue when there were about fifty people celebrating Yom Kippur, the main Jewish holiday.

After the failed attempt to enter the temple, the man killed two people, a 40-year-old woman who was passing in front of the synagogue at that time, and a 20-year-old in a fast-food establishment, and left wounds, in addition , to two other people.

"Halle's far-right attack leaves us dumbfounded and angry," the organizers say in their call, and add: "In these difficult times we are unitedly united. We do not let ourselves be divided."

Today's march coincides with the anniversary of the first march convened by the "Unteilbar" initiative, which last year brought together more than 200,000 people in a march against the far right in Berlin after racist demonstrations in the east of the country.

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