Michael Trammer

Freelance Journalist / Mediadesigner Picture & Sound
   
"Querdenken" protest in Leipzig
Location: Hanover, Germany
Nationality: German
Biography: Freelance journalist based in Hanover and Munich | Prefers to work with different media (photo, video and text) and likes stories with an investigative element. Writes on social movements, social inequality, migration and group-focused enmity. |... MORE
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"Querdenken" protest in Leipzig
Copyright Michael Trammer 2022
Updated Nov 2020
Location Leipzig
Topics Activism, Arrests and Prosecutions, Covid-19, Far-Right, Germany, Pandemics, Photography, Photojournalism, Protest, Protests, Reporting
On November 7th ten-thousands of people took part in a mass-rally organized by the group "Querdenken 711" in Leipzig. A huge mass of organized far-right thugs, hooligans and organized fascists participated in the protest as the group has not distanced themselves thouroughly from antisemitic rethorics and far-right ideas. Thousands of esoterics and ordinary citizens formed a mass that far-right groups used to incite clashes. After the rally was ended by police as participants were neither wearing masks nor keeping distance, far-right vigilantes attempted to attack the counter-protestors. The masses pushed over police, attacked journalists and marched through Leipzig in an attempt to generate a pathetic momentum with symbolics and rhetorics of the anti-GDR protest in ’89 in Leipzig. In advance journalists and anti-fascist groups warned of this escalation. Thousands of police officers were on duty, but unwilling to stop the crowd and were overrun. A court had priorly interdicted a moving demonstration in expectation of violations of the anti corona measurements to be taken. Until late in the night the protesters celebrated in the downtown area of the eastern german metropolitan city and shouted slogans like “Corona is over, we are free!”.

Larger picture edit due to the complexivity of the events.
Am 7. November nahmen zehntausende Menschen an einer von der Gruppe "Querdenken 711" organisierten Großkundgebung in Leipzig teil. Eine große Masse organisierter extrem Rechter und Hooligans nahm an dem Prostest teil, da sich die Gruppe nicht gründlich von antisemitischer Rhetorik und extrem-rechten Ideen distanziert hat. Tausende von Esoterikern und gewöhnlichen Bürgern bildeten eine Masse, aus der organisierte extrem-rechte Gruppen zu Zusammenstößen anstifteten. Nachdem die Kundgebung von der Polizei beendet worden war, da die Teilnehmer weder Masken trugen noch Abstand hielten, versuchten extrem-reche Hooligans den Gegenprotest anzugreifen. Später überrannten Massen die Polizei, griffen Journalisten an und marschierten durch Leipzig. Symbolik und Rhetorik der Proteste von '89 in Leipzig wurden dienten dazu ein pathetisches Momentum zu erzeugen. Im Vorfeld warnten Journalisten und antifaschistische Gruppen vor dieser Eskalation. Tausende von Polizisten waren im Einsatz, wollten die Menschenmenge jedoch wohl nicht aufhalten und wurden überrannt. Ein Gericht hatte zuvor eine Demonstration in Erwartung von Verstößen gegen die zu ergreifenden Hygiene-Maßnahmen untersagt. Bis spät in die Nacht hinein feierten die Demonstranten in der Innenstadt der ostdeutschen Großstadt und riefen Parolen wie "Corona ist vorbei, wir sind frei!".
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