• Thousands march to counter-protest massive far-right demonstration in Berlin
  • Berlin, May 27 (epa-efe).- Thousands of people flocked to the streets and canals of Germany's capital on Sunday to rally against a mass demonstration held by a far-right and anti-immigrant party, as documented by an epa-efe reporter on the ground.

    Berliners of all ages and backgrounds crowded Berlin's main avenues _ and in many cases, took to the Spree River in makeshift rafts _ in a show of opposition to the populist, ultra-nationalist Alternative für Deutschland party's demonstration, held under the motto "Future Germany," in which AfD sympathizers waved German flags and held signs calling for closed borders and an end to immigration.

    "Voting for AfD Is SO 1933," said one of the signs in the counter-protest, while another displayed the words "AfD, Sashay Away," in reference to United States drag performer RuPaul's famous catchphrase.

    "My Heart Beats for Diversity," "Love Trumps Hate" and "You Are as Ugly as the Picture of Dorian Gray" were some of the other phrases seen in images of counter-protesters captured by the reporter.

    Many of them marched and danced to the tune of loud music booming from colorful trucks, in a pageant-like procession held under the slogan "Bass instead of Hate."

    Authorities have deployed over 2,000 police officers, who have only intervened so far with pepper spray in order to prevent four individuals from reaching AfD demonstrators who were separated from counter-protesters by barricades set up by police.