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Berlin: Anti-Semitism and 93 police officers injured in May Day demonstration


Berlin's Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) has criticized violence against police officers during the so-called revolutionary May Day demonstration in Berlin-Neukölln on Saturday. They have nothing to do with political protest, said Geisel on Sunday.

According to the internal administration, at least 93 police officers were injured in Berlin on May 1st. "The high number of injured officers makes me stunned," said the Interior Senator. The interior administration stated the number of arrests at 354.

The police union (GdP) said it was by no means just about slightly injured people, three colleagues had been brought to the hospital with broken bones.

"This May 1st in Berlin showed two faces: on the one hand peaceful political demonstrations, on the other hand a dull will to violence," said Geisel. The normality were committed citizens who exercised their right to freedom of assembly.

The police union (GdP) said that it was by no means only about slightly injured, three colleagues had been brought to the hospital with broken bones.

"This May 1st in Berlin showed two faces: on the one hand peaceful political demonstrations, on the other hand a dull will to violence," said Geisel. The normality was committed citizens who exercised their right to freedom of assembly.

"The ugly pictures from Neukölln shouldn't hide the fact that the people in Berlin demonstrated peacefully and responsibly."

Police chief calls violence against officials "unacceptable"
Geisel said the police were well prepared and had the situation under control all day. "As announced, they enforced the hygiene rules to protect everyone." The consistent action of the emergency services prevented the riots from spreading, said the Interior Senator.

Police chief Barbara Slowik condemned the violent attacks as "unacceptable".

The Berlin SPD interior expert Tom Schreiber tweeted that left and right-wing extremists don't care about Covid-19. Both stand for the hatred and violence against police officers. "They are enemies of democracy".

Berlin's Green Party leader Antje Kapek has criticized violence during demonstrations on May 1st. "Anyone who thinks they are fighting for a better world with burning garbage cans on Sonnenallee is wrong," said Kapek on Sunday. "There is no justification for throwing bottles and stones as well as other forms of violence," said the Green politician. "We also condemn the hostility towards Israel and the anti-Semitism that some demonstrators have shown."

Anti-Semitic slogans
In the dense crowd, advocates of the rent cap fought for the immediate expropriation of all rich “rental sharks” and diligently collected signatures, while heroically Antifa flags waved around them. Admonishing commemorative posters for the allegedly racially motivated murders in Hanau called for the fight against racism and a few meters further - thanks to the Migrantifa - a sea of ​​Palestinian flags towered over the scenery. Even before the march started, there were obvious anti-Semitic incidents in the bloc. Participants shouted among other things: "Stop the war, stop the war, Intifada until victory".





Israel Apartheid" and "From the river to the sea, Palastine will be free" The slogans are anti-Semitic and aim at demonization and destruction d. Jewish State of Israel.

While some condemned the acts of violence, many activists and journalists did, but noting that the right is also as violent or even more, which is completely false. Somehow they manage to link this violence and anti-Semitism of the extreme left with the conservatives.

Most scandalous is the denial of violence by some authorities, who defined the protest as "mostly peaceful."

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