International Day of Protest

Report from: Germany

By Regina Hagen
Darmstaedter Friedensforum
Teichhausstrasse 46
64287 Darmstadt, Germany

Yesterday, two large and several small peace demonstrations took place in Germany. In Berlin, the capital, between 30.000 and 50.000 people are reported. Here, a planned "Space for Peace" protest day had to step back to allow the nation-wide event to take place. In Stuttgart, between 20.000 and 30.000 showed up for the demonstration and rally.

Before the main events, a few hundred people gather outside of Stuttgart at the European Command (EuCom) of the US military which is responsible for the US military's command structure in all of Europe and the Middle East. Here, the military space plans were made an issue. Other events were organized in various towns, among them Munich, were a major "Space for Peace" rally, demonstration, and teach-in was held.

Even if the lower numbers were true, much more people participated in the demonstrations than expected or even hoped for by the organizers. It is NOT true that all Germans extend the solidarity with the US to military retaliation. And it is even less true that all Germans agree to participation of the German military in this (or any other) war.

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