BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier sharply condemned the advance of demonstrators on the stairs of the Reichstag in Berlin on Saturday evening. “Reich flags and right-wing extremist attacks in front of the German Bundestag are an unbearable attack on the heart of our democracy. We will never accept that,” said Steinmeier on Sunday. On Monday, the head of state wants to meet officials involved in the operation at Bellevue Palace.
“Our democracy lives,” emphasized Steinmeier. Anyone who is angry about the Corona measures or doubts their necessity can do so, also in public, even in demonstrations. “My understanding ends where demonstrators let themselves be harnessed to the carts of democracy enemies and political agitators.” Steinmeier thanked the police officers, “who acted extremely prudently in a difficult situation”.
Demonstrators against the state’s corona policy broke through a cordon on the Reichstag building in Berlin on Saturday evening and stormed onto the Reichstag stairs. Police officers pushed people back. The police used pepper spray, there were scuffles. There had previously been a rally at the Reichstag building. The black-white-red imperial flags used by imperial citizens could also be seen./sk/DP/mis