Protest von Berlin Gegen Nazis am Spreebogen gegen ueber der Berliner Hauptbahnhof: Transparent auf der Fußgaengerbruecke mit eine Zitat von Primo Levi "Es ist geschehen, und folglich kann es wieder geschehen" Protest gegen die rechtsextreme Aufmarsch "Trauermarsch fuer die Opfer von Politik" zum 80. Jahrestag der Reichspogromnacht am 09.11.2018 in Berlin-Mitte. Foto: RubyImages/F. Boillot

Pictures: Banner action campaign and broad protests against the right-wing extremist march on November 9, 2018

Several thousand people protested the so-called “march of sorrow” organized by the right-wing extremist group “Wir für Deutschland (WfD)” with about 140 participants, which took place on November 9 on a route leading from Hauptbahnhof to the government district. The broad protests of several committees and initiatives against this right-wing extremist provocation on occasion of the 80th anniversary of the pogrom night of 1938 contributed to WfD’s decision to cancel their upcoming march which was scheduled to take place on March 3, 2019. Photo: F. Boillot

Attempt at banning of demonstration 

The right-wing extremist provocation of an attempted march through Berlin’s center on occasion of the 80th anniversary of the pogrom night of 1938 lead to a broad mobilization of several committees and initiatives to counter-protests. Furthermore, an open letter initiated by Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste, addressed to the Berlin Senate, demanded to ban the march. Two days prior to the march, the demonstration was banned by the administrative authority, and Berlin’s Senator of the Interior positioned himself decidedly against the right-wing extremist provocation on November 9 in a statement. Through the judicial clarification following, the ban of the march was annulled hours before it was scheduled to begin (see explanatory statement here). Due to the enduring judicial clarification, the marching route was announced only two and a half hours prior to the march. Berlin gegen Nazis issued hourly updates informing the counter-protests in progress with the latest news.

Commemorating the pogrom night of 1938 and broad protests against the right-wing extremist march

Launch event of the Berlin Club Scene at Volksbühne, November 9, 2018. Photo: Berlin gegen Nazis

As early as 16:00, a protest demonstration started at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz under the slogan “Faschismus wegbeamen”, organized by the Berlin club scene’s initiative Reclaim Club Culture with more than 1,000 participants and growing on their way to the final destination Hauptbahnhof. It was distinguished by light installations visualizing the protest against the right-wing extremist march with the city’s buildings as canvas. At Washingtonplatz, the demonstrants joined the protest event organized by Berliner Bündnis gegen Rechts, which united several thousand people voicing their protest against the right-wing extremist launch event in its immediate vicinity. Berliner Bündnis gegen Rechts, an association of non-profits, unions, and left as well as antifascist groups, organized several more events along the right-wing extremist’s demonstration route within eyesight and earshot.

Commemoration at the memorial of deporation at Levetzowstraße, November 9, 2018. Photo: Berlin gegen Nazis

At 17:00, the commemorative event organized by Berliner Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes – Bund der Antifaschistinnen und Antifaschisten VVN-BdA , which has been taking place annually since 1990, started at the memorial of deportation at Levetzowstraße in Moabit. Horst Selbiger, honorary chairman of “Child Survivors Deutschland”, gave a speech at the event, after which a demonstration of more than 1,000 antifascists marched towards Haupfbahnhof. In direct vicinity of Moltkebrücke, the demonstration took a halt to protest right next to the demonstration route of the right-wing extremists. 

The demonstration “Licht an gegen Nazis” on their way to face the right-wing extremist march at Spreebogenpark. November 9, 2018. Photo: Tanzversammlung Rosenthaler.

While the right-wing extremist demonstration started (at 18:30), a multi-colored and luminous demonstration with many children and families gathered at the opposite riverbank of the Spree. The demonstration took place under the slogan “Licht an gegen Nazis” and was hosted by the initiatives Tanzversammlung Rosenthaler and Anwohnerinitiative für Zivilcourage – Gegen Rechts, and it joined the event of Bündnis für ein weltoffenes und tolerantes Berlin. More than 1,000 people attended the event of the association of churches, trade unions, charities and further actors of civil society to protest the right-wing extremist provocation.

 

Banner action campaign against right-wing extremist march 

Banner action campaign by Bündnis für ein weltoffenes und tolerantes Berlin and Berlin gegen Nazis across the Spree as part of the counter-protests against the right-wing extremist march on November 9, 2018. Photo: F. Boillot

At the same time, a joint action campaign of Bündnis für ein weltoffenes und tolerantes Berlin and Berlin gegen Nazis took place. A banner with the inscription of the quote by Primo Levi “It happened, therefore it can happen again”, was distributed to all protestors within eyesight of the right-wing extremist march. A further banner with a quote by Erich Kästner, “Have a better memory”, was contributed by an active demonstrator.

 

 

 

Further pics of the day of the protests against the right-wing extremist march on November 9, 2018

“It happened, therefore it can happen again” Primo Levi – signals against the right-wing extremist march on November 9, 2018. Photo F. Boillot

 

Arrival of the protest demonstration “Licht an gegen Nazis” hosted by Tanzversammlung Rosenthaler and the local resident’s initiative Anwohner_inneninitiative für Zivilcourage gegen Rechts at Spreebogenpark. November 9, 2018. Photo: F. Boillot

 

Broad counter-protests at Washingtonplatz – November 9, 2018. Photo: F. Boillot

 

Broad counter-protests at Washingtonplatz – November 9, 2018. Photo: F. Boillot

 

Protests along the demonstration route of the right-wing extremists following the counter-demonstration organized by VVN-BdA – November 9, 2018. Photo: Berlin gegen Nazis

 

Counter-protests at Spreebogenpark during the right-wing extremist march. November 9, 2018. Photo: Berlin gegen Nazis

 

Glowing protest banner at Spreebogenpark – November 9, 2018. Photo: Berlin gegen Nazis