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    Posted July 26, 2014 by
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    DEMO AND PROTEST IN BERLIN

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     redmondredd told me, 'The turnout according to the newspapers was 2300 demonstrators and protesters. The streets were filled with other people as well because it was a Friday afternoon....so plenty of tourists, shoppers, office people, and apartment residents. The mood was tense, angry and not conciliatory.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    The pro-Palestinian solidarity demonstration called "Al Quds Day" took place on July 25th in many German cities that included Berlin, Stuttgart, Mannheim, Bonn and Bochum. Berlin had the largest with 2300 demonstrators. The march started at the underground station Adenauer Platz in downtown West Berlin, proceeded down the main street of the Kurfürstendamm, and ended almost 2 km east at the underground station Wittenbergplatz. Along the way, the demonstrators were met by two pro-Israel protest groups "No Al Quds Day" and "Solidarity with Israel". There were numerous tense moments during the demonstration but hundreds of police ensured that no direct confrontation between the rival groups occurred that could have escated into violence. About 400 police lined the streets on both sides and acted as buffer zone to keep the two groups separated from each other. To discourage any violent conflict, strict rules were enforced by the police that included no ant-semitic slogans and burning of the Israeli flag among others. The march started at 2:30 p.m. and lasted peacefully after 4 hours. Only a couple of minor arrests were made due to failure to conform with demo rules and attempt to inflict bodily harm.

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