It is estimated that over 2,000 people participated in the rally and the march of the Left party. At the same time, around 1,000 supporters of right-wing groups such as the small Free Saxony party protested in the immediate vicinity.
According to the police, counter-demonstrators repeatedly tried to block and disrupt the march of right-wing extremists in the city center. The uniforms had to intervene to separate the two groups. A police spokesman confirmed that there had been several clashes.
The police in Leipzig were assisted by the Saxon police and the federal police in securing the demonstration, according to Sunday’s assurances by the head of the Ministry of the Interior, Nancy Faeser (SPD).
Speakers at the left-wing demonstration criticized the federal government’s energy policy, which includes the SPD, the Greens and the FDP.
– Higher gas prices have worsened the social situation of many people due to the rising costs of energy and living – said Amira Mohamed Ali, leader of the parliamentary faction of the Left.
– Our basic democratic right is to transfer our protest against the current government to the streets – argued Soeren Pellmann, organizer of the demonstration, left-wing member of the Bundestag. The politician also stressed that his party “I don’t want to destroy or abuse the demonstration.”
As “Spiegel” reminds, the demonstrations, which culminated in the peaceful revolution in the GDR in 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall, have recently been used, especially by right-wing groups, as a pretext to organize protests against the government’s policy related to the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.