Pro-Russian procession in Stuttgart: national anthems and “Kalinka”

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National anthems and “Kalinka” – The pro-Russian procession passes through Stuttgart

Pro-Russian procession in Stuttgart

In Stuttgart there was a pro-Russian motorcade. A long column of cars with many Russian flags on the bonnet drove through the capital of Baden-Württemberg. Last Sunday, a motorcade through Berlin caused outrage.

A motorcade passed through Stuttgart with flags of Russia and the Soviet Union. The participants wanted to demonstrate against the rise of anti-Russian hostility. There were also convoys in other cities, and there were advertisements in Lübeck.

IIn Stuttgart, a pro-Russian procession passed through the city on Saturday, and there were similar actions in other German metropolises. The long procession with many Russian flags on the bonnet passed through the center of the capital of Baden-Württemberg.

The motto was: “Against discrimination against Russian speakers”. Protesters complained of growing anti-Russian hostility.

Before the wagons started moving, the Russian and German national anthems were played and people danced and sang along to the Russian folk song “Kalinka”. At first, the police did not find any incidents or major traffic disruptions.

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The regulatory office had previously issued strict conditions: the parade was not allowed to have any connection with the war in Ukraine. 190 cars were registered.

The initiators of the motorized rally described themselves as “Russian speakers”. About 20 people had gathered away from a pro-Ukrainian counter-demonstration.

A participant attached a flag of the Soviet Union to his Lada

A participant attached a flag of the Soviet Union to his Lada

Source: dpa/Christoph Schmidt

Similar actions have also been demanded in other German cities. In Lübeck, however, the procession was stopped because the participants had previously shown their approval of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. As a result, police said on Sunday evening that placards from unconstitutional organizations had also been used.

About 150 participants in Lübeck

In fact, the demonstration in the district of St. Lorenz took place in reference to the war in Ukraine under the motto “Against hatred!”. About 150 people gathered in the afternoon and, after an opening rally, began the parade of 60 vehicles.

The police force then excluded four participants from the meeting due to breaches of conditions and “suspicion of having committed crimes” and filed criminal charges against them.

Similar actions are also expected for Sunday: for example in Hanover, where counter-protesters have announced themselves against the pro-Russian procession. A car parade with around 50 people was recorded for the afternoon in Lörrach in southern Baden. On the other hand, there would be two counter-demonstrations which want to draw attention to the atrocities committed against civilians by Russian troops in Ukraine.

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Last Sunday, a motorcade through Berlin caused outrage. Pro-Russian protests are planned in several cities this weekend, including Hanover and Frankfurt. In some cases, the wearing of certain symbols has been prohibited beforehand.

Domestic politicians are calling for a tough approach to pro-Russian protests. “Showing the ‘Z’ glorifies war crimes and therefore, in our view, can be prosecuted. We need a consistent police intervention here,” said Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) of WELT AM SONNTAG.

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