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Thousands to mark the deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in Berlin this weekend

The communist leaders were murdered on the orders of authorities keen to crush the growth of the German revolutionary movement on January 15 1919

THOUSANDS from across the world will gather in Berlin this weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of the murder of revolutionaries Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht.

Communists will lead a march to the Friedrichsfelde Cemetery in the east of the city and red roses will be placed on their gravestones in their memory.

The pair, who were leaders of the German Communist Party, were murdered by the right-wing reactionary troops known as the Freikorps on January 15 1919 by authorities keen to crush the growth of a revolutionary movement.

Organisers called for a large mobilisation, with “the fanatical evil spirit of their murderers celebrating a malign resurrection in many places in Germany and Europe.”

They said the murder of the revolutionary leaders helped pave the way for “Hitler’s Brownshirts” and the emergence of fascism in Germany.

But in a statement organisers condemned capitalist forces for creating conditions where “65 million are on the run, between inflatable boats and barrier fences.” Issuing a call to join the protest, they said they rejected “Fortress Europe.”

“We want a world of peace, solidarity and a life worth living on all continents. We think that is possible, in spite of all.”

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