Germany: Hundreds stand in solidarity with Charlottesville protest victim

Around 300 people attended the 'Berlin Stands with Charlottesville' solidarity demonstration at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, on Wednesday evening, to show their support for the left-wing activists in Charlottesville, Virginia. Activists in Virginia staged a counter-protest at the far-right 'Unite the Right' rally last Saturday, August 12. Protesters held banners saying «Love against hate. We... Еще #sayhername» and «White supremacy is terrorism», amongst others. They also mourned the death of activist Heather Heyer and wished a swift recovery to those injured by the car that drove into the protest. Participant in the demonstration Tina said she wasn't surprised by the events in Charlottesville. Speaking in reference to US President Donald Trump and his administration, she went on to say that the far right and white supremacists «see themselves represented in the highest forms of government», which has «emboldened» them. The organisers of the protest issued a statement condemning the actions of the fascist and white supremacist groups at the 'Unite the Right' rally, saying «under the guise of 'free speech', these groups seek to recruit others to their cause, with the intent of intimidating and harming people of color, Muslims, Jews, immigrants, women, and LGBTQ people.» The statement also criticised US President Donald Trump's role in the violence, saying «it is the result of a sympathetic American president who encourages racist scapegoating and feelings of white victimhood.»

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