Anti-War Protests

Thousands March Against Munich Security Conference

Over the February 18-19 weekend, more than 30,000 people gathered in Munich to protest the 59th annual Munich Security Conference (MSC). The demonstrators gathered in the city centre, from where they moved to the square in front of the Museum of Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture, a social media report informed. The peace activists denounced the U.S. rules-based international order and expressed strong opposition to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

On February 17, the first day of the MSC 2023, staff from aviation security, ground transport and the public service at seven German airports, including Munich, went on strike demanding an increase in wages and staff. The actions delayed the flights of some MSC participants.

Besides protesting against the U.S.-centred world order, peace activists strongly expressed their opposition to NATO and its demand that the supply of weapons to Ukraine be increased.

A recent study by Infratest dimap, found "64 per cent of German residents object to the transfer of fighter jets to Ukraine. Only 23 per cent of respondents supported this initiative, while 13 per cent refrained from answering," the blog Free wrote.

"Among politicians, members of the right-wing Alternative for Germany party (86 per cent) and left-wing factions (81 per cent) consider the supply of combat aircraft to Ukraine unacceptable," Free added.

(Photos: J. Todenhoefer, M. Krause 6, Apo Duesseldorf)

This article was published in
Volume 53 Number 1 - February 2023

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