Between 100,000 and 250,000 people, according to figures from the Police and organizers, demonstrated today in the center of Berlin against racism and in favor of an open society in an act supported by numerous organizations, associations, parties and prominent German personalities.
"We are overwhelmed, a message of hope must come out today, on October 13, 2018 it must become a starting point towards a society of solidarity", writes the "Unteilbar" ("Indivisible") alliance, which his Twitter account figures the participants at 242,000.
Initially the police spoke of "several tens of thousands of participants" and later, in statements to the evangelical press service (EPD) cited by German public television a spokesman for the security forces described as "realistic" a figure of six digits, that is, of at least 100,000 participants.
The demonstration, which was expected to be attended by at least 40,000 people, was convened under the slogan "For an open and free society: solidarity instead of exclusion," to protest against the harassment of the extreme right, discrimination, the death of immigrants in Mediterranean waters and social cuts.
The protest began at noon (10.00 GMT) on Alexanderplatz and was set in motion an hour later to tour several central streets and pass through the Potsdamer Platz, the Brandenburg Gate, until reaching the Victory Column, where place a final act with musical performances.
The protesters carried signs with slogans such as: "You are more alien to us than any refugee", "Unicorns are against racism, be a unicorn", "No to harassment of Muslims", "Racism is not an alternative" and " Together against the politics of fear. "
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Social Democrat Heiko Maas, described as "extraordinary message that so many people go out and show a clear position", that society is indivisible.
"We do not let ourselves be divided, much less by right-wing populists," the minister told the media group Funke.
Most people in Germany are in favor of tolerance, said Maas, adding that "a new nationalism does not solve a single problem" and recalled that diversity in society in terms of origin, skin color, religion and way of life is an enrichment, not a threat.
Those who have also expressed support for the demonstration include organizations such as Amnesty International, the Central Council of Muslims, local refugee support groups and German personalities such as the Die Ärzte group, the singer Herbert Grönemeyer, who had announced their performance on stage, actor Benno Fürmann and comedian Jan Böhmermann.
In addition to the Social Democrats, representatives of other political parties such as the Greens and the Left have also joined the protest.