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Germany: Protesters and counter-protesters clash at Monday demonstration in Leipzig03:37

Germany: Protesters and counter-protesters clash at Monday demonstration in Leipzig

Germany, Leipzig
January 24, 2023 at 15:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds gathered on the streets of Leipzig on Monday to protest against high energy costs, Russia sanctions and possible arms deliveries to Ukraine, some with symbols classified as far-right, accompanied by counter-protesters.

Footage shows downtown streets on which protesters carrying banners and flags were marching. In addition to peace flags, several imperial flags from the imperial and Nazi eras were waved, against which the interior ministers of the federal and state governments had already taken unified action last year.

Counter-demonstrators staged protests against the procession at numerous points, for instance with sit-in blockades, while a large police contingent guarded the protest.

Originally known as the Monday demonstrations, the protests were an influential part of the peaceful revolution in the GDR in the fall of 1989, beginning in Leipzig. Participants at the time demanded, among other issues, their right to freedom of speech and the abolition of the Ministry of State Security, also known as Stasi.

Germany: Protesters and counter-protesters clash at Monday demonstration in Leipzig03:37
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Hundreds gathered on the streets of Leipzig on Monday to protest against high energy costs, Russia sanctions and possible arms deliveries to Ukraine, some with symbols classified as far-right, accompanied by counter-protesters.

Footage shows downtown streets on which protesters carrying banners and flags were marching. In addition to peace flags, several imperial flags from the imperial and Nazi eras were waved, against which the interior ministers of the federal and state governments had already taken unified action last year.

Counter-demonstrators staged protests against the procession at numerous points, for instance with sit-in blockades, while a large police contingent guarded the protest.

Originally known as the Monday demonstrations, the protests were an influential part of the peaceful revolution in the GDR in the fall of 1989, beginning in Leipzig. Participants at the time demanded, among other issues, their right to freedom of speech and the abolition of the Ministry of State Security, also known as Stasi.