Germany: Protesters rally outside courthouse as Halle synagogue attack trial kicks off

Around 100 people gathered outside the Magdeburg district court on Tuesday, to decry far-right violence and to remember the victims of the Halle synagogue attack ahead of the trial of alleged perpetrator Stephan Balliet. Black and white portraits victims Jana L and Kevin S with a wreath and candles could be seen in the park in front of the district court. Activists also held 250 posters in the air while observing a moment of silence to remember victims of right-wing extremism in the last 30 years in Germany. «The trial today is important because we hope that the theory that Stephan was an isolated offender will be disproved, as there are movements from many online communities, he got money from people abroad. It has not been isolated and that means that the process today is as important as the definition of terrorism today is finally adapting to this internet age,» said activist Yasmina Hamid. On October 9, 2019, Stephan Balliet allegedly opened fire in the vicinity of a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle, after failing to gain entry to the building, killing two people. He was arrested in the town of Zeitz and charged with two counts of murder, and several of attempted murder, with 'anti-Semitic, racist and xenophobic' intention by a regional court. One of the victims was slain in a Jewish cemetery outside the synagogue while the other was gunned down in a nearby kebab shop.

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