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Three Palestinian demos announced in Berlin

In view of the escalation of violence in the Middle East, demonstrations by various Palestinian groups in Berlin on Saturday receive special attention.

According to the police, three demonstrations have been registered in Neukölln and Kreuzberg with 80 to 250 participants. They refer to the Nakba (catastrophe) day. Israel's declaration of independence took place on May 14, 1948, and the Palestinians celebrate Nakba Day on May 15 each year.

Because of the escalating conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, synagogues and other Jewish or Israeli institutions and associations in Berlin are likely to be under additional protection. The police generally do not provide any information about such measures. A spokeswoman said: "We will always adapt the protection to current events and reassess it."

On Saturday, a first Palestinian demonstration march will start at 1 p.m. from Hermannplatz to Neukölln Town Hall, 150 participants have been registered.

At 3 p.m. there will be another demo called "Day of Political Prisoners of Palestine", also from Hermannplatz to Neukölln Town Hall, with 80 participants.

At 4 p.m. the motto is “In memory of the Alnakba, the Palestinian expulsion”, the demonstration with 250 registered participants will start from from Oranienplatz to Hermannplatz. One of the calls for the struggle for “a free Palestine, from the Jordan to the Mediterranean”, that is, on today's territory of Israel.

Riots after the demo on Sunday
After a demonstration by around 900 Palestinians and supporters on Sunday evening, rioters attacked the police. Bottles and stones were thrown from a group of 100 people. Police cleared rubbish bins, wooden pallets and electric scooters from the street.

16 police officers were injured. After the premature end of the event on Hermannplatz, the police asked the demonstrators to leave the square.

Since the beginning of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in mid-April, the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians had come to a head. Ramadan ends this week.

Source: BZ-Berlin
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