Violent acts at ProLife-Demonstration in Münster and Infringments on Freedom of Assembly and Expression

Country: Germany

Date of incident: March 31, 2009

In March 2009, more than 100 participants of an unannounced counter-demonstration partially blocked a pro-life organisations, the so called 1000-crosses-march, in Muenster (Münster). The chairman of the pro-life organisation Euro pro Life, Wolfgang Hering, responsible for the march, had been surrounded by a large number of tourblemakers. Only under threat of coercive measures by the police, he was released by the attackers.

The Police took 103 counter-demonstrators temporarily in custody so that the authorized demonstration of ProLifers could continue. A preliminary investigation was initiated against 129 persons on infringment, disguise and suspicion of coercion.
The atrocities continue every year, even though there are no blockades any more which lead to arrests. Sources known to Observatory.