Among solidary youth in Germany, actions can be taken to express their position, and these are not always ugly rallies. During my project, before quarantine, I went to rallies a couple of times, but I came across this form of solidarity for the first time. This really surprised me, and I decided to talk about it. It is important to express your position, and to understand consciously for what and against what you are protesting. When they try to convince you of their rights, it does not matter if the ESC is a volunteer, a doctor or a waiter - this is bad. What has the active youth of Europe done?
Protests against racism, social inequality and anti-Semitism took place throughout Germany. On Sunday, June 14, in Berlin, a “solidarity band” was formed about 9 kilometers long from the Brandenburg Gate to the Neukölln district. According to police, about 5 thousand people participated in the action, and shortly before the end of the event - about 8 thousand. Representatives of the organizers reported more than 20 thousand participants. Most participants used protective masks and maintained the necessary social distance because of the danger of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. They held posters that read "Black Lives Matter" ("Black Lives Are Important") and "More Education Money." Near the Brandenburg Gate there was also a rally of the group “Grandmothers against the Right”. The participants were wearing protective masks and pink hats.
Police satisfied with the organization of the action.
Berlin police said they were satisfied with the way the campaign was organized in the form of a chain of people, as well as the "exemplary" behavior of the participants. This is a compelling concept presented by the organizer. It can be seen that people make sure that they adequately comply with the measures of infectious protection.
In Hamburg, according to police, about 500 people took part in the protest, forming a chain from the town hall to the central station. Participants also maintained a social distance. In addition, demonstrations were held in Leipzig, Chemnitz, Plauen, Freiburg, Münster and other cities. In Erfurt, the protest was canceled due to a storm warning. About 130 organizations, as well as an alliance called #unteilbar, called for rallies across Germany. Solidarity rallies spread around the world following protests in the United States following the resonant death of George Floyd in late May in Minneapolis. A white policeman, supported by three colleagues, strangled him with his knee for almost 9 minutes during his arrest. The death of the 46-year-old African American was widely publicized thanks to eyewitnesses. The main defendant was charged with reckless killing, and the other three police officers - aiding murder.
I am very glad that Germany has such an active civil society. What is young is not indifferent to the world in which they will live on. I agree with the people speaking at the shares. This is very good, and shows how we all tell the government that we are not ready to endure everything they say. I am surprised, and I can’t imagine such a thing in my own country in Ukraine. This positive experience, I will absorb through my project ESK.