22 Nov 2022 06:45 am
For weeks, especially in eastern Germany, people have been taking to the streets on Monday evenings to protest against rising prices and the cost of living, energy policy and the federal government’s stance on the Ukraine war. Thousands were on their feet again tonight.
As winter approaches and temperatures drop, the protest movement seems to be picking up steam, despite occasional lulls. The resentment is directed against rising food prices, excessive rents and unaffordable costs for heating and energy – as well as against company closures and the loss of jobs. Starting in the eastern federal states, the protests have also spread to the western part of the country, but are not yet firmly established there, even if the influx seems to be increasing.
The “walkers” direct their criticism at the “traffic light government” in Berlin, which is accused of an all-round failure. The federal government is pursuing a failed course in foreign policy with the anti-Russian sanctions and the support of Ukraine through arms deliveries and aid pledges of all kinds, especially the billions in aid to Kyiv. After the protests against the Corona measures last winter, protests have flared up again everywhere since late summer.
According to the organizers, several thousand citizens took part in “walks” in Borna, Chemnitz, Altenburg, Kamenz, Bad Schandau, Freiberg, Naunhof, Zwickau and Zittau. Judging by the video recordings, there were at least several hundred people in all the places mentioned, and several thousand people in the larger cities.
In the other eastern federal states, the protests are a little weaker, but they also cover smaller places where sometimes only two or three dozen people take to the streets. In Thuringia there were also “walkers” on the streets, in Gotha about 250 and in Saalfeld even a good thousand people.
In Saxony-Anhalt, too, people took to the streets again: demonstration trains were reported from Magdeburg, Schönebeck, Sangerhausen (400 participants) and Aschersleben (300), for example.
Numerous smaller “walks” were reported from Brandenburg, for example from Ludwigsfelde, Brandenburg an der Havel, Werder or Angermünde (with 75 participants), as well as from Beeskow with a hundred, Fürstenwalde 200, , Eisenhüttenstadt 250, Forst (Lausitz) even with 280 participants. Walkers were also out and about in Frankfurt an der Oder.
In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, there have been protest marches and actions in Stralsund, Grimmen (with 122 participants), Güstrow, Bützow, Teterow, Rostock, Parchim, Anklam and Schwaan (21 participants).
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