Around 3,000 people demonstrated on Sunday in Lubmin in western Pomerania for the opening of the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and for affordable energy.
The rally was peaceful and uneventful until late afternoon, said a police spokesman. The organizers had expected around 5,000 people.
Nord Stream 2 runs from Russia to Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. The gas pipeline has been completed, but after the Russian attack on Ukraine, the federal government ruled out putting it into operation.
Organized by Martin Klein from the “lateral thinking” party “Die Basis”
The local magazine “Katapult MV” writes that Martin Klein’s demonstration was organized by the “lateral thinking” party “Die Basis”. Russian and German flags were waved, and the Wirmer flag, which is used in the right-wing extremist scene, is said to have also been on display.
Three women who wanted to express their support for Ukraine briefly positioned themselves in front of the stage and were quickly pushed away. Angry reactions to the women could be heard from the audience. The incident can be partially seen on this video:
“Katapult MV” reports that the women are Ukrainian artists whose demo signs are said to have been snatched away. There is talk of a lengthy dispute. The incident was also reported by other media.
The former AfD politician Kalbitz spoke
Among the speakers at the event was Andreas Kalbitz, as reported by “Welt” editor Martin Heller on Twitter.
The right-wing extremist Kalbitz was expelled from the AfD in May 2020 because he did not state his previous memberships in the neo-Nazi organization Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend and in the Die Republikaner party when he joined the party.
Russia is currently no longer sending gas to Germany via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which largely runs parallel to Nord Stream 2, and refers to technical reasons. The Federal Government considers this justification to be a pretense. (With dpa)
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