May Day protests – egg thrower targets Giffey
Twenty demonstrations are recorded in Berlin for Labor Day. The actions of the left autonomists in the evening are feared. But for the mayor governor, it begins elsewhere with a moment of shock.
DAccording to the police, the campaigns announced for May Day in Berlin started quietly on Sunday. At noon, a bicycle demonstration started in the Grunewald, for which up to 10,000 people signed up. It started with around 2,000 attendees, a police spokesperson said. There was a moment of shock for ruling mayor Franziska Giffey at a rally at the Brandenburg Gate: the SPD politician was insulted and an egg was thrown at her – but she was not hit.
Giffey gave a speech at the central event of the German Confederation of Trade Unions. “At the end of my speech and as I thanked the police for their work today, the eggs were thrown,” the SPD politician later said. “Such actions are neither useful nor politically valid. They distract from what is really about today: solidarity with Ukraine, fair working conditions and pay, and facing together the crises of our time. not violence. I will not let that discourage me in my political work.”
As reported by a dpa reporter on the spot, Giffey had to temporarily interrupt his speech because of the protests. The crowd demanded the implementation of the Berlin referendum on the expropriation of housing companies.
The head of the DGB interrupted by chants
At the same rally, DGB boss Reiner Hoffmann was occasionally interrupted by chants. The union boss opposed a permanent increase in the defense budget to 2% of gross domestic product, as promised to NATO. Instead, the money is needed for the welfare state and the restructuring of the climate-friendly economy. “That is why today we say clearly and unequivocally no to mass rearmament,” said the president of the German trade union federation.
In total, around twenty demonstrations have been announced for Sunday in Berlin. According to Interior Senator Iris Spranger (SPD), up to 6,000 police officers are on duty. According to Spranger, they should intervene massively in the riots. The police paid particular attention to the demonstration by left and radical left groups entitled “Revolutionary May Day” on Sunday evening in Neukölln. 5,000 to 20,000 participants are expected.
There had already been several protests on Saturday, which were largely unbroken. During a feminist march in Prenzlauer Berg, however, the atmosphere heated up on Saturday evening. Bags of paint flew, records were thrown, pyrotechnics ignited. According to a police spokeswoman, there have been attacks on emergency services and isolated arrests.
Left-wing autonomists are expected to erupt into violence, as in recent decades. Left-wing protests were also recorded in Hamburg and Leipzig.
Amid concerns about anti-Semitic incidents, police had banned a demonstration of Palestinian initiatives scheduled for Friday, as well as alternative demonstrations. The courts upheld the decision. Police are still expecting further rallies and demonstrations.
On May Day, a block of migrants, mainly of Turkish and Arab origin, wants to take part in the traditional May Day demonstration under the name “Migrantifa”. Police said they would also use interpreters to translate slogans into Arabic and check whether they were inflammatory.