Germany: Halle residents commemorate synagogue attack victims ahead of trial

Around 200 residents of the east German city of Halle (Saale) held a demonstration to commemorate the victims of the deadly synagogue attack in October 2019, a day before the trial of the man accused of carrying out the shooting begins. Attendees of the rally, many of them from various left-wing and antifa movements, could be seen holding banners in memory of the victims of the shooting. Black and white portraits of the victims Jana L. and Kevin S. were set up on the table. Participants could also be spotted observing a moment of silence for the victims, after speeches were given. «For us it is important, to be today in Halle where the event was, to pay attention the court process, to show solidarity with the affected, that means with the people of the Jewish community who went through this attack. 52 people were in the Synagogue on that day, who luckily could not be invaded. And people from the local Kebab shop, the second attack target, will speak today and we want to hear what they say, and show solidarity and follow the court process,» said Initiative 9. Oktober activist, Lena Ulrich. On October 9, 2019, a 27-year-old named Stephan B. opened fire and killed 2 people in the vicinity of Halle synagogue after failing to gain entry to the building, where more than 50 Jewish worshipers had gathered to celebrate Yom Kippur. One of the victims — Jana L. — was slain in the street as just passing by the shooter, while the other one — Kevin S. — was gunned down in a nearby kebab shop. The murder streamed everything live on the Internet via his helmet camera, but managed to escape. Later he was arrested in the town of Zeitz. In April, a regional court filed charges to Stephan B. for double-murder with 'anti-Semitic, racist and xenophobic' intention. He was also charged with the attempted murder of 68 people.

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