Hundreds of protesters – many with Reich flags – broke a cordon in front of the Reichstag during the anti-corona demonstration in Berlin. Politicians express their horror at the photos.
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Politicians from almost all parties have expressed dismay at the events on the Reichstag in Berlin during the protests against the Corona measures. “The Reichstag building is the place of activity of our parliament and thus the symbolic center of our free democracy. It is unbearable that chaos and extremists misuse it for their own ends,” said Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) of “Bild am Sonntag “.
Protesters against the state’s corona policy broke through a cordon at the Reichstag building in Berlin on Saturday night and walked up the Reichstag stairs. Police officers pushed people back. Police used pepper spray, there were scuffles. There had been a meeting before at the Reichstag building. The black-white-red imperial flags used by imperial citizens could also be seen with protesters. The police subsequently broke the demo. Emergency services cleared the space in front of the Reichstag building and pushed the protesters away.
Videos circulating on the Internet show people standing at the door of the Reichstag. Only three police officers stood in their way. You can see the corresponding scenes in the video or above here.
Police spokesman Thilo Cablitz explained, “We cannot be everywhere all the time, it was exactly this opening that was used to climb over the barricade, break through and then get to the steps in front of the Reichstag.”
“Reich flags in front of parliament are shameful”
“Diversity of opinion is a hallmark of a healthy society. However, freedom of assembly has its limits where state rules are violated,” said Seehofer. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) tweeted: “Reich flags in front of parliament are shameful.” SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz wrote: “Nazi symbols, Reichsburgers and imperial flags are absolutely not part of the German Bundestag.”
When asked if it might have been better to ban the demonstration, SPD Secretary-General Lars Klingbeil said he was surprised that the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, according to his own statements, had discovered no evidence that right-wing extremists are attempting this demonstration to open. “The photos of the day showed something else.” You will have to take a closer look at why this information apparently was not available in advance or was not properly evaluated, the SPD politician said at “Bild Live”. Now it will be in the Bundestag council of elders should be clarified “what security concepts looked like.”
Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz: “Imperial flags definitely do not belong to the German Bundestag.” (Source: Alex Halada / Image Images)
Authorities estimate that about 38,000 people took part in the protests in the city on Saturday. As Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) of the Interior reported in the evening, about 300 people were arrested during the day, about 200 in front of the Russian embassy alone. There, a crowd of about 3,000 so-called Reichsburgers and right-wing extremists threw stones and bottles at the police, as he said. According to the police, prisoners were also released there. Geisel described the events as predictable. “It was to be expected what happened today”, he said Saturday evening in the ARD “Tagesthemen”.
“Just disgusting and ashamed”
SPD Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) wrote on Twitter: “Our Basic Law guarantees freedom of expression and the right to demonstrate. It is the answer to the failure of the Weimar Republic and the horrors of the Nazi era. Nazi symbols, citizens of the Nazi era. Empire and imperial flags have lost absolutely nothing to the German Bundestag. “
Green politician Konstantin von Notz: “It’s just disgusting and ashamed.” (Source: epd / image images)
Green MP Konstantin von Notz stated: “Participants in a demonstration that also mobilized the AfD and NPD tried to storm the Reichstag. Reich war flags set the scene for the building. # Summer2020 It’s just disgusting and embarrassing.”
The head of the Association of German Detectives, Sebastian Fiedler, warned of the possible consequences of the corona protests. “Such demonstrations are an ideal environment for radical movements to win more and more people to their ideologies,” said Fiedler of the “Rheinische Post”. “There, enemies of democracy mix with parts of the middle class, so that conspiracy theories can spread faster and faster.”