On Wednesday, over 2,000 people joined a protest in front of the Jüdisches Gemeindehaus in response to a recent anti-Semitic attack in Prenzlauer Berg. Many, including Berlin Mayor Michael Müller, wore a traditional Jewish skullcap, or kippa. Ronja Ringelstein, a journalist for Der Tagesspiegel, says Berlin residents “showed that they were in solidarity with the Jewish citizens.”
Regarding the upcoming May Day festivities, Ringelstein says, “There have been indications that left-wing extremists…wanted to travel to Berlin to make a riot.” While May 1 has remained relatively quiet the last few years, Ringelstein says authorities this year are expecting more violent clashes during May Day protests.
What does this all mean for your May Day plans? In short, expect to rub elbows with a lot of Berlin police. Ringelstein told us last year there were around 5,000 to 6,000 police officers on the ground, a number sure to remain high this year.
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