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Posted on 09/24/2013 4:44:05 PM PDT by markomalley
Note: in order to do this in a timely fashion, I've just used auto-translations of all the following news articles:
Kathnews: About 4500 participants at the March for Life
Berlin (Catholic news / BVL). More than 4,500 participants took part this year in the March for life in Berlin, which was much higher than last year, in which 3,000 participants were counted. The Chairman of the Federation Right to Life Martin Lohmann, "The pro-life movement in Germany is on the rise. Even and especially among younger people is growing awareness of life. This is evidenced by the numerous young participants in this year's silent march - an impressive and peaceful witness to life "The March for Life began at 13.00 clock with a rally in front of the Federal Chancellery. The BVL chairman Martin Lohmann stressed: "We are for peace, but against any violence! We are in for a real self-determination, for freedom, for true humanity, for tolerance, for creation. Together with Albert Schweitzer say: Without reverence for life, the human race has no future. "
At the rally, put on a woman who had an abortion one of their children witness ". Immediately after the engagement was over, I knew that I had killed my child" An affected by Down syndrome young woman said: "I'm glad ! that I am in the world, and live "On stage program was Hedwig of Beverfoerde, coordinator of the European Citizens' Initiative" one of us ", proclaim in Germany:" Last week the European quorum reach one million supporters! In Germany alone, more than 92,000 citizens have signed. This is encouraging, "Martin Lohmann pointed out to the end of the march:" This year, the Peace March for Life is run without any major complications. The protests against our freedom of movement are ultimately only strong confirmation that we needed a peace march for life. We say yes to human life and the dignity of every human being, from the beginning until its natural end! We do not want a suicide on demand, prescribed or not prescribed suicide in old age or disease.
We are for all people, for the life of all people! Those who advocate referring to his own body, to want to live and love without being patronizing, we call for: We like to "patronize" of spirit, heart and mind! We know that we are more than our bodies! Responsibility and freedom have something to do with mind, heart and mind. This is freedom lived. This is freedom of life. This is freedom for life! We are not afraid of true freedom. We have no fear of life! "March for Life went with more than 4,500 participants in an ecumenical worship service before the Berlin Cathedral to an end. Here donated Hans-Jörg Voigt, Bishop of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK) his episcopal blessing.
Die Freie Welt: March for Life 2013 against the culture of death
Have disturbers of the rally "March for Life" after they have stolen the property of demonstrators joined the ranks in the train and chanting slogans such as "We are the perverts, we have you drifted on the heels" and "Had Mary, you were spared us. " Berlin, 21 September 2013.
Although the March for Life was disrupted again in 2013, the organizers are satisfied. "The pro-life movement in Germany is on the rise," said the chairman of the Federation the right to life.
At the March for Life in 2013, the last Saturday 21 September, attracted by the center of Berlin, came together two world views that can not be more different. On one side are the proponents of life, on the other hand, the representatives of a culture of death. Some want to protect life, even if it is not yet born, the others support the "sexual self-determination," which can only be had at the price of killing defenseless.
>Called upon to rally and demonstration of the Association had the right to life (BVL), to oppose PGD, the voice of abortion and euthanasia. In the call it was saying it was necessary to enter "a culture of life in Germany and Europe, and to confront unequivocally the denial of the right of unborn, sick and old people to life" The rally was held in front of the Chancellery, numerous personalities from the political and. churches - including Pope Franz - contributed Greetings.
Particularly impressive were the testimonies of those affected. For example, a mother whose 17-year-old daughter was a few weeks ago has become a mother, the mother of a disabled child, who had been advised to have an abortion and a woman with trisomy 21. Rather from their normal life as a secretary Even experts had their say: Holm Schneider from Erlangen made ??it clear why the now, the gaming blood test is so dangerous for people with disabilities, a representative of the charity Rachel reported on the long tragic scientifically proven health sequelae of abortion.
The march led by the Berlin center to the Lustgarten . Created as a silent march, the slogans of the disturbers were the better to hear . "I am nothing, I can do nothing, give me a crucifix," and "Religion is shit, you are the evidence," they chanted . On the edge of the train counter-demonstrators, the posters with the inscription "My body, my choice" "No church, no hell," "," had built up, my stomach is mine! Upheld. Particularly large and professionally made ??the banner "Sexual self-determination is a human right! Live and love without being patronizing "
On the number of participants in the March for Life there is different information. The police amounted to 4,500 - but significantly lower numbers were peddled in most press releases. The Berliner Morgenpost about was the talk of 2,000 participants , the Tagesspiegel in the title even only of "hundreds" . Since the police with their estimates usually under which the operator is located, you will be able to keep their information for the most accurate this time. About the motives of the journalists to make the number smaller than corresponds to the reality, one can only speculate.
The question of why a relatively small demonstration as the March for Life draws so much hate on themselves, still awaits a statement. In the run were in any case - once again - different groups become active. in their "Alliance Policy in 2013," they accused the organizers and participants, "a reactionary, Christian-fundamentalist worldview, in which the abortion is presented as a 'pre-natal infanticide <to have." It adds:. »The represented there concept of" protection of life <involves total control over women and the reconstruction of the 'old order' with the 'Holy Family,' "Where did the quotes come, however, is not revealed. One may suspect that they are fictitious.
That of the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Berlin propaganda from Planned Parenthood, the family planning center balance and other institutional and individual members of the alliance, however, is fallen on fertile ground: The Protestant Domkirchengemeinde forbade the marchers for life, conduct a service in the neo-baroque magnificent building, one Therefore remained in the Lustgarten, under the open sky. And the media coverage speaks volumes. The chairman of the BVL Martin Lohmann nevertheless was optimistic. He said: "The pro-life movement in Germany is on the rise. Even and especially among younger people is growing awareness of life. This is evidenced by the numerous young participants in this year's silent march - an impressive and peaceful witness to life "!
The next March for Life is scheduled for the 20 September 2014. Then the organizers want to bring 6,000 participants on the road.
Again, the above are auto-translations from German.
From speaking with daughter (who just got back to school after the trip):
She indicates that the pro-abortion, pro-homosexual counter-protesters seemed a lot louder this year than last. There was a heavy police presence and it proved necessary at times, as many of the protesters attempted to break up the march and harass the participants, most especially harass young children that were there. You can look at the following video to get a flavor of the event:
And some more pictures.
Some of the marchers (reports are between 2,000 and 4,500 depending upon who you ask)
Some of the counter-protesters and police presence:
Some of the counter-protesters and police presence:
Naturally, Femen was there (click on the image if you really feel you must see the NSFW original).
(As a side note, I wonder if any of these Femen "ladies" know the actual story behind the group's founder, Victor Svyatski?
Anyway, for those who responded to the prayer thread I posted Friday evening, thank you for your prayers. I'm sure they were invaluable in keeping these witnesses for life safe!
I would have thought that it would be as old as the one(s) here in the USA!
Great pictures. And glad your daughter is safe.
If I'm not mistaken, this is only the third March for Life they've had in Berlin.