Because of the pandemic, they had to Easter marches have taken place in many places over the past two years as virtual and digital rallies. This year, various initiatives, parties, trade unions and representatives of the churches are calling for demonstrations in a number of cities in Lower Saxony. According to the Bonn-based Peace Cooperative Network, there will be actions nationwide at around 100 locations.
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“Only negotiation brings peace”
A peace bike ride is planned in Osnabrück, the motto is: “Break the spiral of escalation – stop nuclear and armament – protect the climate!”. The rally in Braunschweig is headed: “Lay down your arms!” A demonstration train to the Rheinmetall armaments factory is planned in Unterlüß near Celle. In Emden, the East Frisian Easter March Action Alliance calls for a demonstration, the slogan here is: “Peace needs movement”. The motto in Hanover is: “Wars kill. Armor destroys and makes poor. Only negotiation brings peace.” In Wolfsburg, the evangelical superintendent Christian Berndt is one of the speakers at the rally. In Hamelin, the Hanoverian Evangelical Bishop Ralf Meister is expected to be the main speaker in front of the Pied Piper Hall.
Easter marches and peace rallies in Lower Saxony and Bremen – an overview
- 10 a.m. Easter march in Nordenhamstation forecourt
- 10 a.m. Peace Rally in OsnabruckTheatervorplatz
- 11 a.m. Easter march in BraunschweigKohlmarkt
- 11 a.m. Easter march in WolfsburgGewerkschaftshaus,
- 11 a.m. Easter march in LueneburgClamart-Park
- 11 a.m. Peace Worship in UnterluessCitizen Park
- 11 a.m. Easter march in Oldenburgstation square
- 11 a.m. Easter march in Friedlandfairground Groß Schneen
- 11 a.m. Easter march in HamelinEuroplatz
- 11 a.m. Easter march in Bremenmarketplace
- 11 a.m. Easter march in goslarMonument to the Goslar Hunters
- 11.15 a.m. East Frisian Easter March in EmdenTrain station
- 11.30 a.m. Easter march in Hannover,
- 12 p.m. Easter march bike tour Hasbergenstart at the town hall in Osnabrück
- 12 p.m. Easter march rally in GöttingenWilhelmsplatz (pedestrian zone)
- 1 p.m. peace rally in BraunschweigSquare of German Unity
- 3 p.m. Peace March, Wilhelmshaven
Hundreds of thousands at rallies
Of the The first Easter march in the history of the Federal Republic leads from northern German cities to the Lüneburg Heath in 1960. The idea came from Great Britain. Two years earlier, peace activists had organized a three-day Easter protest march there. In the 1960s, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the East-West conflict fueled fears of a nuclear world war and allowed the Easter marches to grow into a mass movement. At the peak of the movement in the late 1960s and during the rearmament debate in the early 1980s, hundreds of thousands attended the rallies.