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Dec 2000 Journal

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Chancellor leads Berlin mass protest

On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, Germany’s Chancellor Gerhard Schröder led more than 100,000 people in procession through the streets of Berlin in protest against racism and racist attacks by neo-Nazis in Germany which are reported to have victimised a hundred members of ethnic minorities in the last ten years, at least three having lost their lives in this past year alone. The Chancellor also attended a service at Berlin’s main pre-war synagogue, the New Synagogue, commemorating Germany’s Jewish Holocaust victims

The organisers of the rally wanted to show that stories of racial hatred and even racially motivated murder were untypical of today’s humane and tolerant country which had accepted large immigrant populations. Tens of thousands of other people participated in similar demonstrations in many parts of the country.

Accompanied by President Johannes Rau, Parliamentary President Wolfgang Thierse, Berlin’s Rabbi Ehrenberg, and other leading personalities from the worlds of politics, culture and sport, Chancellor Schröder headed the huge procession which wound its way from the New Synagogue through darkened streets to the Brandenberg Gate, symbol of Germany’s militaristic past, where President Rau addressed the rally. As part of the commemoration, Berlin’s Staatskapelle, gave a concert conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Ronald Channing

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