The Berlin police are on duty with up to 1,100 officers on Saturday to enforce the ban on Palestinian demonstrations and to accompany other planned gatherings. This was announced by the police on Twitter in the morning. During the night, the Higher Administrative Court had confirmed the ban on several demonstrations on the Nakba expulsion memorial day.

The police had banned the five Palestine demonstrations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Mitte. She justified this by saying that there could be inflammatory, anti-Semitic calls, glorification of violence and acts of violence. The administrative court and the higher administrative court shared this risk forecast with a view to previous similar events.

A police spokeswoman said on Saturday that emergency services were at the originally planned rally locations in Kreuzberg and Neukölln to point out the ban to potential participants.

In addition, there is a lot going on in the city. Officials are also scheduled to accompany other events, including a demonstration by Kurds and children’s bicycle demos.

The group “Palestine Speaks” had criticized the ban on their demonstrations as “an attack on our fundamental rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression”. It is an “alarming door opener for unlimited state repression against any opposition in Germany, be it for Palestinian human rights, anti-racism or refugee rights”.