Berlin Senate clarifies that Ukrainian flags are generally allowed on commemoration days
Critics were fierce when it was announced that Ukrainian flags would be banned in Berlin on May 8 and 9. The administration of the Senate now specifies: 15 places of memory are concerned, on which “no flag or military symbol is authorized”.
DThe administration of the Berlin Senate has made it clear that Ukrainian flags are generally allowed in public on memorial days in Berlin on Sunday and Monday. The restriction issued by the police only applies to 15 selected places of memory in the capital, where these rules must allow a “dignified and peaceful commemoration”, announced Saturday the Department of the Interior of the Senate.
“No military flags or symbols are permitted at these memorial sites,” the Senate administration continued. The ban also applies to the Russian flag. World War II veterans and ambassadors and their delegations are exempt.
At pro-Russian events, Berlin police will also ensure ‘there is no public endorsement of the war of aggression against Ukraine’ ‘even outside of these places of memory’ . Police conditions for memorial sites also provide that uniforms or parts of uniforms – even in modified forms – as well as military marches or chants are prohibited. The Z symbol is also prohibited. The letter is used by supporters of war and means “za pobedu” (“For victory”).
Basically, it is a question of “clearly separating” the commemoration of May 8 and 9, 1945 and thus the liberation from National Socialism from the situation in May of this year. At memorial sites where Russian and Ukrainian soldiers are buried, it is important to “prevent any confrontation”.
Governing mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) stressed once again on “Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg” (RBB) that there is no general ban on flags in the city on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of liberation from National Socialism.
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk reacted indignantly to the banning of the flag in RND newspapers and called it a “catastrophic political mistake”. Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) must “revoke” this decision. Melnyk had already criticized on Friday in the short message service Twitter that the conditions were “a slap in the face to Ukraine” and “a slap in the face of the Ukrainian people” and should be withdrawn.