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Germany: Thousands march in memory of Hanau shooting victims in Berlin

Germany, Berlin
February 21, 2020 at 03:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of people marched in honour of the victims of the recent double shooting in Hanau, and to condemn right-wing terrorism and racism, in Berlin on Thursday night.

Demonstrators could be seen holding flags and banners as speakers were talking on stage before marching through Hermannplatz, located in one of Berlin's most multi-cultural areas, to condemn violence and Wednesday's killings.

According to police estimates around 3,200 people took place in the demonstration. Similar demonstrations have taken place throughout Germany since the attack, including in Hamburg where protesters rallied outside the local offices of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier condemned the attack as a "brutal terrorist crime" at a vigil in Hanau on Thursday.

According to Germany's Federal Prosecutors Office, there are serious indications of a racist background to the crime, which is supported by videos and documents allegedly made by the suspect.

A gunman opened fire outside one shisha bar in Hanau's Heumarkt district and drove off to a second location in the Kesselstadt district where he opened fire again, killing a total of nine people and injuring several others late on Wednesday evening.

The attacker was a 43-year-old German citizen from Hanau. Together with his 72-year-old mother, he was found dead at his home in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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Thousands of people marched in honour of the victims of the recent double shooting in Hanau, and to condemn right-wing terrorism and racism, in Berlin on Thursday night.

Demonstrators could be seen holding flags and banners as speakers were talking on stage before marching through Hermannplatz, located in one of Berlin's most multi-cultural areas, to condemn violence and Wednesday's killings.

According to police estimates around 3,200 people took place in the demonstration. Similar demonstrations have taken place throughout Germany since the attack, including in Hamburg where protesters rallied outside the local offices of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier condemned the attack as a "brutal terrorist crime" at a vigil in Hanau on Thursday.

According to Germany's Federal Prosecutors Office, there are serious indications of a racist background to the crime, which is supported by videos and documents allegedly made by the suspect.

A gunman opened fire outside one shisha bar in Hanau's Heumarkt district and drove off to a second location in the Kesselstadt district where he opened fire again, killing a total of nine people and injuring several others late on Wednesday evening.

The attacker was a 43-year-old German citizen from Hanau. Together with his 72-year-old mother, he was found dead at his home in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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