The day the world learned about the massacre in Bucha: a pro-Russian demonstration in Berlin

About 900 people took part in a pro-Russian demonstration in Germany on Sunday – cars with white, blue and red flags flying drove through the streets of Berlin.

“Stop hating Russians”

The demonstration, in which several hundred vehicles took part, was registered as an event under the slogan “No propaganda in school – protection of Russian speakers, no discrimination,” – Berlin police reported.

One of the banners read: “Stop hating Russians” (stop hating Russians). Flags in the Russian national colors flew on many cars. Video footage shared on Twitter showed the passage of cars with loud music coming from them.

The cars covered a route from the city limits in northeastern Berlin to Olympischer Platz in the Charlottenburg district. According to police, the organizer was a private individual. No incidents occurred, the spokesman said.

The demonstration took place just hours after the Bucza massacre in Ukraine was revealed.

Solidarity with an inhuman dictator

Bundestag deputy Derya Türk-Nachbaur (SPD) said in an interview with the B.Z. editorial board, “I am stunned. Are these people justifying atrocities and war crimes? Are they using the right to demonstrate, which is denied to people in Russia, to show solidarity with an inhuman dictator? It makes me sick.”

Berlin CDU General Secretary Stefan Evers (42) commented on Twitter about the photos of the Russian convoy as follows: “Disgusting. And this in the city of freedom.”

Green Party MP Gollaleh Ahmadi (40) said: “This is a foretaste of what we can expect on May 9. We cannot tolerate war-mongering fascist propaganda here in Berlin – not today, not ever.”

Bucha Massacre

On Sunday, after Russian troops withdrew from the Kiev area, the world was shocked by images from the recaptured town of Bucha. Many bodies were found in the suburbs of the Ukrainian capital – shot civilians lying in the streets, buried corpses, bodies of women who had been raped and then murdered.

These images have also deeply moved the Federal Minister of Economy Robert Habeck (Green Party). He wants tougher sanctions against Russia. “This terrible war crime cannot go unanswered,” – Habeck said in an interview with BILD. “I think a tightening of sanctions is needed. This is what we are preparing with our EU partners.” – The politician added.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (63, SPD) spoke on Sunday about the “terrible and horrifying” recordings coming from Ukraine. On Twitter, he wrote about the need to investigate the crimes committed by the Russian army. He called for international organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross to send representatives near Kiev to “document these atrocities.” He stressed that the perpetrators must be held accountable. The war in Ukraine “must end,” Olaf Scholz continued.

Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko: “Not a single cent can go to Russia anymore”

The mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko makes a clear demand to Germany: “For the whole world, and especially for Germany, the consequence can only be one: not a single cent can go to Russia anymore, this is blood money, for which people are murdered. The embargo on gas and oil must be implemented immediately.”

“What happened in Bucha and other suburbs of Kiev can only be described as genocide,” Vitali Klitschko said. He added that these are cruel war crimes for which Russian President Vladimir Putin bears responsibility. Civilians were shot with their hands tied.


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