350 cars took part in the rally in Hannover, Germany, passing through the streets with Russian flags. At the same time, approximately 3,500 people went to the city center for an anti-war demonstration with Ukrainian flags.
The epd agency reported yesterday about the pro-Russian actions that took place in several German cities. Participants of the rally in Hannover drove through the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony, accompanied by the police. Before it began, law enforcement officers demanded that huge flags be removed from the hoods, which caused a delay in the start of the action.
Nancy Feather, Federal Minister of the Interior, explained to Welt am Sonntag that the police have every right to intervene if participants in motor rallies or rallies violate German law.
According to, for example, the publication Stadt Frankfurt am Main, activists are prohibited from approving military operations in Ukraine with words and pictures during the processions. It is not allowed to insult Ukraine, its people and the victims of the conflict. Also, demonstrators should not be shown images and banners with the letters “V” and “Z” or the St. George ribbon. Moreover, even chants or posters that approve of Russia’s actions and thereby incite public discord and hatred are prohibited.
Participants with yellow and blue flags protested in the center of Hannover against the Russian attack on their country. Monica Plate, mayor of the city, urged participants to refrain from blaming Russian speakers.
A pro-Russian demonstration, which included several hundred people, took place in Frankfurt am Main. The city authorities allowed the controversial rally, but the rally was banned. According to law enforcers, the demonstrators uttered militant slogans, which gives reason to initiate proceedings on the facts of approval of Russia’s aggressive war in Ukraine.
Earlier on Saturday, about 200 cars drove through the center of Stuttgart, speaking out “against discrimination against Russian-speaking children in schools,” Stuttgarter Nachrichten reported. And the Lübeck police stopped the pro-Russian rally, writes dw.