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Demonstration in Berlin organized by the Central Council of Eritreans in Germany ended without incident

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Friday, 20 October 2023

Oct 20, 2023 | 1:17 p.m
Participants in the demonstration organized by the Central Council of Eritreans in Germany carry rag dolls.
Participants in the demonstration organized by the Central Council of Eritreans in Germany carry rag dolls.Monika Skolimowska/dpa

Eritrea demonstration ended without incident

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An Eritrea demonstration in Berlin passed without incident. As the police announced, around 1,000 people took part in the event organized by the Central Council of Eritreans in Germany under the heading “The preservation and respect of our fundamental rights and the protection of our cultural and social gatherings”. Many Eritrean flags were displayed.

The demonstration moved from Potsdamer Platz to Spreebogenpark not far from the Bundestag. There were riots at similar events in Stuttgart and Giessen.

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Around 1,000 participants at the Eritrea demonstration in Berlin

In the past, there have been repeated riots at gatherings of Eritreans. The police presence in Berlin on Friday was correspondingly large. The demonstration there went off without incident.

October 20, 2023    
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Berlin (epd) . Around 1,000 people took part in a demonstration by the Central Council of Eritreans in Germany in Berlin on Friday. A police spokeswoman told the Evangelical Press Service (epd) that there were 250 emergency services on site. The process was trouble-free.

The demonstration was registered with 1,500 participants. It was entitled “The preservation and respect of our fundamental rights and the protection of our cultural and social gatherings”.

The demonstration led across the Unter den Linden street through the Berlin government district. The end point was Republic Square in front of the Reichstag building.

According to a police spokeswoman, the emergency services were on site to protect freedom of assembly and to prevent disruptions to public order. The background is riots at Eritrean events in Stuttgart and Giessen. The protesters accused the organizers of supporting the regime in Eritrea. 31 police officers, among others, were injured in the violent clashes in Stuttgart. A meeting planned last month in the Baden-Württemberg state capital was subsequently canceled.

Many Eritreans living in Germany feel discriminated against after their community's meetings recently turned violent.  They now demonstrated against this in Berlin
Many Eritreans living in Germany feel discriminated against after their community's meetings recently turned violent. They now demonstrated against this in Berlin
Source: dpa/Monika Skolimowska


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