Germany: Hundreds of Berliners march against racism and right-wing extremism

Hundreds of Berliners marched through the Berlin district of Neukoelln on Friday to lambast racism and right-wing extremism, following the recent attack on a Syrian confectionery stop. Under the motto «Stop the Right Terror,» activists from various left-wing groups marched from Hermannplatz across Sonnenallee in the heart of immigrant-dominated Neukoelln district of the German capital. «We are here today because we are protesting against right-wing terrorism in Neukoelln. And that is the right-wing terrorism that has been unexplained for the last 11 years. The people in Neukoelln are being terrorised despite it being a known act,» said activist and one of the protest organisers, Ferat Kocak, at the scene where a delivery van parked in front of a Syrian pastry shop was set on fire last weekend. Protesters were seen waving Antifa flags and chanting anti-racist slogans as they marched through the streets, stopping by the Damascus confectionery stop to show solidarity for the recent attacks. Employees of the store welcomed protesters by offering them various sweets and pastries. According to Berlin Police, 500 people registered for the demo but organisers said around 1,200 people attended to show their support. The State Criminal Police have opened an investigation into the van arson that sparked the protests, after a swastika was found at the scene of the crime, according to police sources.
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