May demonstrations on the news: Some arrests and property damage – Berlin before 1 May

On May 1st, this year many people will demonstrate again on the occasion of the “Labor Day”. Protests were recorded all over Germany. The protection of the constitution is already expected riots in a demonstration in Berlin. All current information can be found in our news ticker.

On May 1st 2022, some people not only enjoy non-working May 1st. Many people take to the streets on “Labor Day” for justice or solidarity. After many bouts have been canceled in recent years due to the corona pandemic, they will be made up for this Sunday. It is already inside Berlin expectations of riots from violent people. You can find out where the demonstration is taking place and all further information here.

May Day Demonstrations: Origins of May Day

Why do people take to the streets all over the world? The origins of the day, also known as “Labor Movement Day”, lie in the American labor movement. On May 1, 1886, workers in the United States protested. They demanded better working conditions and sustained an eight-hour working day. Driven by the US effort, workers around the world took to the streets to demonstrate. Since then, the demonstrations have continued in Europe and are repeated every year. Not only working conditions are reported. Many people on this day also rebel against racism, discrimination or gentrification.

Read also:That’s why we have Labor Day free

The protests in May right now: where are the demonstrations taking place in Germany?

In Germany, numerous associations are calling for demonstrations in May. The Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB) demonstrated on 1 May 2022 with the motto “Solidarity, peace and self-determination for Ukraine! We are united in our conviction: no more war – lay down your arms! All over the world!”. Demonstrations take place in Delitzsch, Borna and Leipzig, among other places, as the “Leipziger Zeitung” writes. Numerous demonstrations have been announced in Berlin alone. In addition to democratic protests, these also include more radical rallies such as that of leftist womendemonstration “Take back the night” (Prenzlauer Berg).

In addition to the events, there are numerous events such as festivals and flea markets. There are three street festivals in Berlin-Neukölln. However, the “Migrantifa Berlin” sees this as a “dirty trick”, as the “Tagesspiegel” reports.

Demonstrations of May 1st in the newsticker

Due to the numerous radical demonstrations, riots are expected again. All current developments relating to the May 1, 2022 protests can be found here in the newsletter.

+++ May 1, 2022: some arrests and property damage – Berlin before May 1 +++

Already the day before May Day, thousands of people demonstrated and celebrated in Berlin. For the most part, the protests have been quiet, according to police. At a feminist demonstration in Prenzlauer Berg, however, the atmosphere turned on Saturday evening. Sacks of paint flew, discs were thrown in, fireworks were lit. The police stopped the protest march several times. According to a police spokesperson, there have been attacks on the emergency services. There have been isolated arrests, the spokeswoman said.

According to the spokesperson, around 1,600 police officers were on duty in the city on Saturday. According to Interior Senator Iris Spranger (SPD), there were up to 6,000 over the weekend, including those from the federal police and other federal states. Leftist autonomists are expected to erupt into violence on May 1, as has happened in previous decades.

On Sunday there will be a whole series of demonstrations in Berlin: from the main meeting of the German trade union federation on the occasion of the Labor Day at noon to parades by motorbike or bicycle to protests against the measures of the crown. The police paid particular attention to the demonstration on Sunday evening in Neukölln by left and radical left groups entitled “First Revolutionary”. 5,000 to 20,000 participants and possible outbreaks of violence are expected. Up to 50,000 participants in popular demonstrations and festivals are expected over the weekend.

“Of course we know that violence can and most likely will happen,” Spranger told RBB. The police are pursuing the outstretched hand strategy, but “obviously intervenes massively if there are riots”.

+++ 30/04/2022: Trade union actions on the occasion of Labor Day – also activates the leftist scene +++

The Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB) has titled Labor Day Sunday this year under the title “GeMAInsam Shaping the Future”. DGB President Reiner Hoffmann will be present at the main event in Berlin. Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) is present at the DGB Rally scheduled in Düsseldorf. In North Rhine-Westphalia, a new state parliament will be elected in two weeks. The DGB appeal states: “The world of work faces important digital and ecological tasks. But we can have a say in them. However, change must be shaped together with employees: socially, ecologically, democratically.”

In addition to the DBG events, there are numerous other events in Berlin and Hamburg in particular – from motorbike or bicycle parades to protests against the crown and especially the actions of the left and left radical scene. In Berlin, police are paying particular attention to the “revolutionary May Day” demonstration in the district of Neukölln. Up to 20,000 attendees are expected. In recent decades, leftist autonomists have exploded into violence. Police are on duty in the capital with 6,000 officers throughout the weekend.

+++ 30/04/2022: Already numerous events the day before May 1st +++

Berlin police are due to numerous demonstrations in May over the weekend before a large-scale operation. As in previous years, there are numerous activities the day before May 1st. On Saturday afternoon (15:00), the leftist groups want to march through the Wedding district, 2,000 participants registered. In previous years, this gathering had remained largely peaceful.

A street festival (15:00) has been announced on Rigaer Strasse, in the Friedrichshain district, near a house partially occupied by left-wing autonomists. The vibe here could get more aggressive over the course of the evening. A demonstration at Kreuzberg’s Kottbuser Tor could also become critical because a police station is planned there, welcomed by residents but rejected by left-wing groups. Also in the evening, a feminist demonstration moves from the Prenzlauer Berg district to Mitte. In addition, there are usually Walpurgis Night celebrations in various parks.

Sundays continue with a whole series of demonstrations: from the main meeting of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) to the Labor Day at noon to parades by motorbike or bicycle to protests against the measures of the crown. The police paid particular attention to the demonstration of left and radical left groups entitled “Revolutionary May Day” on Sunday evening in Neukölln.

Left autonomists are expected to explode into violence, as in past decades. 5,000 to 20,000 participants are expected.

Concerned about the anti-Semitic incidents, the police had banned a demonstration of Palestinian initiatives scheduled for Friday afternoon. The courts upheld the decision. Police still expect further rallies and demonstrations. On 1 May a block of migrants, mainly of Turkish and Arab origin, wants to participate in the traditional May Day demonstration as “Migrantifa”.

The police announced that they would also use interpreters to have the slogans translated into Arabic and to check if they were provocative. According to authorities, a total of 5,500 police officers were on duty at various demonstrations across the city on 1 May.

In addition to Berlin, demonstrations by left groups are also planned in Hamburg, where there had also been riots in previous years.

+++ April 29, 2022: Demonstrations around May 1 – are planned to target Neukölln +++

Numerous demonstrations are moving to Berlin this weekend around May 1st. The police paid particular attention to the demonstration on Sunday evening in Neukölln of left and radical left groups entitled “Revolutionary First May”. Outbursts of violence are expected, as in past decades. A sticking point could be the Kottbusser Tor in Kreuzberg, as a police station is planned there, welcomed by residents but rejected by leftist groups.

The demonstration is expected to start at 18:00 on Sonnenallee in Neukölln and lead to Kreuzberg. 5,000 to 20,000 participants are expected. A total of 5,500 police officers are on duty at various demonstrations across the city on May 1st.

As in previous years, the left-wing groups want to parade for Wedding on Saturday afternoon: 2,000 participants registered. This demonstration has remained largely peaceful in recent years. A street festival has been announced on Rigaer Strasse near a house partially occupied by left-wing autonomists. The vibe here could get more aggressive over the course of the evening. Also in the evening a feminist demonstration moves from Prenzlauer Berg to Mitte.

Walpurgis night celebrations usually take place in various parks such as the Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg and sometimes bottles are thrown at police officers.

Sunday begins with the great demonstration of the trade unions. Thousands of participants are moving through the Mitte to the Brandenburg Gate on foot, by bike, inline skates and motorcycles, where a large gathering is planned. In the afternoon, more than 10,000 protesters will pass through the Grunewald mansion district with a large bicycle parade, which was once quite colorful and satirical. Some of the demonstrators then travel to Neukölln to take part in the evening demonstration. The big street festival “Myfest” in Kreuzberg was canceled months ago due to the corona pandemic.

+++ April 25, 2022: the Office for the Protection of the Constitution predicts violence during the demonstrations in May +++

At the left-wing demonstration on the evening of May 1 in Berlin-Neukölln, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution is expecting from 5,000 to 20,000 participants. Claudia Langeheine said this from the authority on Monday in the Committee for the Protection of the Constitution. “We assume that violent people will scatter in the elevator.” However, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution did not want to share concrete results on possible outbreaks of violence in public session. Interior Senator Iris Spranger (SPD) wants to provide information on Tuesday’s demonstrations and police actions.

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