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THOUSANDS took to the streets of Berlin today for the annual demonstration in memory of Communist Party of Germany (KPD) founders Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg.
This year’s march and commemoration marked the 103rd anniversary of their assassinations on January 15 1919, carried out on by the far-right Freikorps paramilitary at the behest of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) during the German revolution.
Hundreds of organisations took part, initially rallying at Frankfurter Tor in the heart of former East Berlin, before a spirited and militant march to the Friedrichsfelde Cemetery’s Memorial to the Socialists.
This year’s march was once again surrounded by a heavy police presence, although they didn’t appear to engage in the heavy-handed approach from 2021 where they attacked members of the Free German Youth.
This was the first major leftist demonstration in Germany since the the new Social Democratic-Green-Free Democrats coalition government came to power.
Many of the slogans took aim at the new coalition, especially the SPD and Greens, for putting on a “left mask” while engaging in pro-business and pro-Nato policies.
The debate over the nature of the march continues, however, with many communist organisations referring to the annual event as the Lenin-Liebknecht-Luxemburg demonstration — as it was originally called by the KPD in 1924 — while many of the reform-oriented socialists, including Die Linke, tend to omit Lenin’s name.
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