++ Live: Day of German Unity in Halle: start the celebration and counter-demo

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The republic celebrates the day of German unity. The central celebrations take place in Halle. Several demonstrations are expected.

  • On 3 October, the annual celebrations of the Day of German Unity take place in Halle.
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel* delivers her final speech as Chancellor on German Unity Day. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is also expected in Halle.
  • The police are represented in Halle with a large contingent. Neo-Nazis and so-called “lateral thinkers” have announced themselves.

+++ 12 noon: The counter-demonstration started at 11:45 am on the Bebelsplatz in Halle. The Member of the State Parliament of Saxony-Anhalt Henriette Quade (Left*) writes on Twitter that about 500 people are involved. At the same time, some right-wing protesters have also gathered. There is a large police presence and the day apparently passed without incident.

+++ 10.37 am .: The celebration of the Day of German Unity begins with a service. In addition to Chancellor Angela Merkel, her two potential successors will also participate. Both Olaf Scholz and Armin Laschet are expected in Halle.

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the German Unity Day ceremony in Halle.

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German Unity Day in Halle – large numbers of police in action

+++ Update from Sunday, October 3, 2021, 8:55 AM: The central celebrations of the Day of German Unity in Halle are accompanied by a large contingent of police. There are about 2,600 officers on duty. Several demonstrations have been recorded. In addition to ‘lateral thinkers’ and neo-Nazis, an alliance against the right will also be represented on the street.

The climax of the ceremony is a speech by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). The Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt, Reiner Haseloff, called the 20-minute speech on German Unity Day the “Last great closing speech from the Chancellor”. the ARD* broadcasts the service live on site, that ZDF* the actual ceremony.

Day of German Unity in Halle: Lateral thinkers and neo-Nazis become mobile

+++ Update, 2:35 PM: In Frankfurt, the Day of German Unity celebrations take place in a slimmed-down version. AN Ceremony in the Paulskirche* is not planned according to Mayor Peter Feldmann (SPD).

First report of October 2, 2021: Halle – The central celebration of the Day of German Unity on October 3rd this year takes place in Halle (Saale). An ecumenical service and a subsequent ceremony with a speech by Chancellor Angela Merkel are planned (CDU) *. In addition to Reiner Haseloff, Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) *, President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble and the President of the Federal Constitutional Court, Stephan Harbarth, are expected.

Numerous protest meetings can be expected in Halle at the same time as the celebrations. Neo-Nazis, partisans of conspiracies: inside and Corona– Deniers: want to demonstrate indoors in the capital. The alliance “Halle Gegen Rechts” is already calling for counter-protest.

Neo-Nazis and “lateral thinkers” want to march on “Day of German Unity”.

‘Stay away from our children! March against corona terror”, for example, a demo call on Telegram, the favorite channel of far-right and conspiracy tellers: inside. Another call advertises a flower meadow and a girl with wings: “Release the kids – 10 am – flexible meeting point Belltower.News rates the mobilization to Halle as “lukewarm and haphazard”. It is unclear how many protesters will actually show up. The alliance “Halle gegen Rechts” assumes several hundred to possibly several thousand protesters. The far-right Sven Liebich, who often acted as the protagonist of right-wing marches in Halle, will be there.

Under the motto “No unity with the extreme right” organizes “Halle gegen Rechts” from 10.30 a counter-demonstration. The alliance not only wants to demonstrate against the far right, but also to commemorate the at least 213 deaths from right-wing violence since 1990.

“Day of German Unity”: every year the occasion for far-right protests

In the Kyffhäuserkreis a “true political Oktoberfest” will take place on Saturday. To the right of the conspirators’ plot — classified as a suspicious case by the Bureau for the Protection of the Constitution since 2020 — editor-in-chief Jürgen Elsässer is promoting the event. “East shines: After the horror elections, the resistance needs new perspectives,” it says, referring to the possible chancellors Olaf Scholz* or Armin Laschet*. Also there: Ex-AfDler André Poggenburg* and Doris von Sayn-Wittgenstein.

In 2020, October 3 was a reason for many far-right groups to take to the streets. For example, the extreme right “III. Gone “under the motto “A people want a future” march through Berlin before they were blocked from within by counter-protesters. Corona deniers: inside and so-called “Reichsbürger: inside” also met at the Brandenburg Gate. (ktho / vbu)* fr.de is an offer from IPP.MEDIA

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