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Send weapons to Ukraine to ‘make Mariupol pride possible’


Protesters at an LGBTQ event in Berlin demanded that Ukraine be armed in order to allow the Russian-occupied city of Mariupol to host a Pride parade.

Pro-LGBTQIA2S protesters at a Pride event in Berlin demanded arms be sent to Ukraine to allow the country’s leaders to liberate the port city of Mariupol and hold a Pride parade there.

The Berlin-based event, which took place on Saturday, was one of many Christopher Street Day protests across Europe, with the pan-European celebration held each year in memory of the Stonewall Riots.

According to a report by broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, police said around 350,000 people took part in the protest, which this year was said to have centered on a “strong signal for diversity, freedom and respect and against the hatred, war and discrimination”.

However, for at least some protesters at the event in the German capital, sending a “strong signal” against the war meant demanding that Ukraine receive more weapons.

23 July 2022, Berlin: People demonstrate at the Christopher Street Day (CSD) for the arming of Ukraine. The motto for this year’s parade for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people is “United in love! Against hatred, war and discrimination. (Photo by Christoph Soeder/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Specifically, protesters held up signs demanding that arms be delivered to the country in order to allow Mariupol to host a pride parade.

“ARM UKRAINE,” the banner – which was written in English – read, adding: “MAKE PRIDE IN MARIUPOL POSSIBLE.”

Other participants in the protest waved Ukrainian flags and wore Ukrainian colors – although others opted to wear dog masks, chains and various other relatively apolitical gear instead.

Send weapons to Ukraine to ‘make Mariupol pride possible’

23 July 2022, Berlin: Participants wear headdresses in the colors of Ukraine with a peace dove on Christopher Street Day (CSD). The motto for this year’s parade for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people is “United in love! Against hatred, war and discrimination. (Photo by Christoph Soeder/picture alliance via Getty Images)

While German officials have been criticized for how supportive they are of Ukraine in its ongoing war with Russia, what was overwhelmingly clear on Saturday is that Germany’s political class is in tune with the demands of LGBTQIA2S activists participating in the day’s events.

For example, the LGBT community’s rainbow flag was reportedly raised from the Bundestag, Germany’s federal parliament, for the first time on the day of the march.

Send weapons to Ukraine to ‘make Mariupol pride possible’

23 July 2022, Berlin: Aced takes part in Christopher Street Day (CSD). This year’s theme for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer Rights Parade is “United in Love!” Against hatred, war and discrimination. (Photo by Christoph Soeder/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Other federal buildings have also chosen to display the banner, the country’s Interior Ministry – which is headed by allegedly Antifa-linked politician Nancy Faeser – and the Ministry of Defense have chosen to fly the flag, just like the Reichstag building.

Meanwhile, left-leaning Berlin mayor Franziska Giffey said her city ‘is and will remain the capital of the rainbow’, demanding that all German citizens ‘resolutely oppose’ what she described as “hate and exclusion”.

Send weapons to Ukraine to ‘make Mariupol pride possible’

23 July 2022, Berlin: Subdog takes part in Christopher Street Day (CSD). The motto for this year’s parade for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people is “United in love! Against hatred, war and discrimination. (Photo by Christoph Soeder/picture alliance via Getty Images)

It remains to be seen whether the German capital is or will remain the “rainbow capital”; it certainly seems unclear whether the city, or even Germany as a whole, will remain under the control of the left-leaning Social Democratic Party (SPD) of Giffey and Faeser.

Leading the country’s ruling coalition that has so far botched its handling of the gas, inflation and immigration crises, the SPD has now seen its popularity drop to 18% nationwide .

This is compared to 26% of the vote in last year’s election, which saw the party take power alongside the far-left Greens and the Free Democrat Liberals.

Meanwhile, the centrist Christian Democratic Union (CDU), formerly led by Angela Merkel, and the right-wing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) won public favor, with the first poll at 27% and the second at 12%. hundred.

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