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Kurds demonstrate in Berlin against Turkish invasion of Rojava, Syria

Kurds demonstrate in Berlin against Turkish invasion of Rojava, Syria

Several thousand people took part in a demonstration in Berlin called by Kurdish groups.

The participants protested against Turkey's military invasion of the Rojava region in north-eastern Syria. The self-governing region is defended by the Kurdish self-defense units YPG and YPJ. Hundreds of people are said to have lost their lives in the fighting in the last few days. Over 100,000 people are on the run.

Both Turkey and the former allies of the YPG/YPJ were criticized in speeches. In addition, the role of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan for the region was emphasized.

Turkey sees the YPG/YPJ as an offshoot of the Kurdish Workers' Party PKK and therefore regards them as terrorists. Meanwhile, the Kurdish units have been the West's closest ally in recent years, especially the USA in the fight against Daesh (IS). By the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw his own troops from the Kurdish territories, he opened up the possibility of Turkey's invasion.

Thousands protest in Berlin for rent caps and expropriations

Thousands protest in Berlin for rent caps and expropriations

Several thousand people took part in a demonstration under the motto "Properly cap, then expropriate." participate. Various alliances and tenant initiatives had called for this.
One of the core demands of the protesters was the introduction of a drastic rent cover, as planned by Berlin's Senator for Building, Lompscher (Die Linke). Berlin's governing mayor Michael Müller and his SPD were criticized in signs, speeches and chants for attempting to dilute the rent cover.

Further demands of the demonstration included the expropriation of large housing companies such as "Deutsche Wohnen", "Vonovia" and others. They were criticized for their greed for rising yields at the expense of tenants.

Fundamentalist-Christian "March for life" accompanied by counter protests in Berlin

Fundamentalist-Christian "March for life" accompanied by counter protests in Berlin

Several thousand people took part in the annual, fundamentalist Christian "March for Life" in Berlin. The participants demanded a complete ban on abortions and advocated the preservation of Christian values from a fundamentalist point of view. The AfD politician Beatrix von Storch, MdB, also took part in the opening rally.

The march was accompanied by loud protests from left-wing feminist groups over the entire distance. An hour-long sit-in blockade of the march by counter-demonstrators led to a change in the route, drastically shortening the march.

During the march, participants repeatedly pestered journalists.

Here you can find more pictures from this year's March of Life and the past until 2013: Flickr album "March of Life".

Demonstration in Berlin calls for solidarity with the people of Idlib, Syria

Demonstration in Berlin calls for solidarity with the people of Idlib, Syria

Several dozen Syrian activists protested in Berlin against the continuing bombardments of the Idlib region, still held by opposition rebel groups, by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad and his ally Russia.

According to reports from residents, the regime is continuing its well-known tactic of attacking civilian targets such as hospitals.

The background is the ongoing fighting for the province of Idlib in Syria, which includes up to three million civilians. The region is still partly held by insurgents. Many civilians were previously driven to Idlib by the Syrian army and its allies from other provinces and are now trapped there. Russia and the al-Assad regime are accused of systematically carrying out a campaign against civilians by bombing hospitals and other civilian facilities.

Protest in Berlin for self-determination of people in need of care

Protest in Berlin for self-determination of people in need of care

Around 70 people took part in a protest in front of the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) in Berlin against the most recent draft law on intensive care by Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU).

According to the activists, the "Act to Strengthen Rehabilitation and Intensive Care in the Statutory Health Insurance System" (RISG) provides for institutional care for ventilated patients. However, this is an unreasonable restriction of their personal freedom and would also lead to premature death for many.

In the end, the activists let white "peace doves" fly to express their desire for a peaceful life.