Several pro-Russian rallies were organized this Sunday, April 10, 2022 in Germany. The country’s Russian-speaking community says it has been discriminated against since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This April 10, about 600 people waving a tide of Russian tricolor flags gathered in the center of Frankfurt under the slogan “against hate and harassment”found theAFP.
As many people were gathered at the same time in Hanover, in the north of the country, at the call of members of the Russian-speaking community, local police told theAFP. The day before demonstrations of the same type were held in Lübeck, in the north, with 150 participants, according to the police, as well as in Stuttgart.
In Frankfurt, protesters first found themselves near the city’s banking district, facing a pro-Ukraine counter-protest of around 100 people, with the two sides separated by a heavy police cordon.
The pro-Russian demonstration set in motion to reach, according to the organizers, the main cemetery of the city and lay flowers there on the graves of Soviet soldiers who died during the Second World War. At the head of the procession was a banner “Truth and Diversity of opinion rather than PROPAGANDA”.
Car convoys in several cities
In Hanover, where pro-Russian protesters staged a car convoy in single file under close police surveillance, a counter-demonstration brought together 3,500 people under the slogan “Support Ukraine! »according to the police.
The day before in Lübeck, the police had ended up stopping a similar convoy of about sixty vehicles because “violations of the law”specifically “the display of support for Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and the use of prohibited symbols”local police said.
The German authorities fear that the Russian-Ukrainian conflict will be imported into German territory.
Germany fears the instrumentalization of protest
Germany has 1.2 million people originating, themselves or their families, from Russia and 325,000 from Ukraine, to which must be added the arrival over the past month of more than 316,000 Ukrainian refugees.
The proliferation of demonstrations denouncing the “Russophobia” that would have won over Germany has provoked a lively debate in the country, because the authorities see in it a danger of instrumentalization for the benefit of the theses defended by Moscow in the war.
Since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, the police have recorded 383 anti-Russian crimes and 181 anti-Ukrainian crimes.