“We will not accept that some violent people want to withhold May 1st as a day for peaceful demonstrations,” said Geisel. “We don’t give in to violence.”
On Saturday evening there were clashes between the police and demonstrators in the Neukölln region. The Berlin police tweeted that some demonstrators had thrown stones and bottles at officials and set trash cans on fire.
“Violence during demonstrations is absolutely unacceptable,” said Berlin police chief Barbara Slowik on Saturday.
“The situation, while degenerate, was quickly brought under control,” she added.
Slowik said up to 10,000 people took part in the demonstrations. The organizers said the number of participants was over 20,000, according to CNN subsidiary RTL.
Several rallies took place in the German capital during the day. Most of the demonstrations were peaceful, the police said.
RTL reported that around 10,000 cyclists demonstrated against capitalism in the Grunewald district.
Around 200 people protested against the pandemic in Lichtenberg. People came together around the Ostbahnhof “to revive the culture and club scene”.
There were also protests in Berlin against measures to block corona viruses.
In August 2020, police in the city ordered the cessation of a demonstration, citing the crowd’s failure to comply with social distancing guidelines.
Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital, including a large contingent of far-right groups and members who identified with the US-based right-wing conspiracy movement QAnon.
At the end of April, the German secret service announced that it would be monitoring some anti-lockdown activists for fear of undermining the state’s legitimacy.
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) announced that the new surveillance would focus on some members of the “lateral thinkers” group.
The movement has fueled skepticism about coronavirus and vaccines, as well as other conspiracy theories, and has been involved in violent protests against the lockdown.