Call for participation in the demonstration within the framework of the Luxemburg-Liebknecht-Commemoration, on 12th January 2020 at 10 a.m. from Frankfurter Tor to the Memorial of the Socialists in Berlin-Friedrichsfelde and also on 15th January 2020 at 06:00 p.m. from Olof Palme Place to the Memorials in Tiergarten.
Remain faithful to the legacy of Rosa and Karl!
In mid-November 1917 – the First World War lasted more than 3 years – Rosa Luxemburg wrote from prison to Sonja Liebknecht: »the longer this lasts and the more the vile and monstrous that happens every day exceeds all limits and dimensions, the calmer and firmer I become inwardly«.
This unusual power, which was characteristic of her and well as of Karl Liebknecht, made it impossible to silence her voices. And so, mercenary killers slayed them on 15th January 1919. Rosa, Karl and many of their fellow fighters died for a better world – free from oppression, exploitation and war.
More than 100 years have passed since then. Once again, the danger of war is growing, driven by insane armaments and destructive trade wars. The world is threatened with nuclear destruction, threatened with and an unimaginable environmental and climate catastrophe. The responsibility for this lies – as it was a century ago – with the capitalist order, driven only by the pursuit of profit, and within its framework, primarily the NATO, which is in the tow of US imperialism. The responsibility also lies with the EU and in it the imperially resurgent FRG.
If we want to be faithful to the legacy of Rosa and Karl, then we have to be firm like them. Firm and organized in the fight against repression, exploitation, war and fascism. The fascist danger is constantly growing. We stand against environmental destruction and for decisive action against climate change, the effects of which are affecting the poorest of the poor first. We remain firm in our conviction that capitalism is not the last word in history, firm in our internationalist solidarity.
In this sense, we – leftists of different currents – will jointly and peacefully express our positions and demands on 12th January 2020. We call for a broad alliance and a powerful demonstration.
LL Demo Organisation Committee, Berlin, August 2019
V.i.S.d.P.: Klaus Meinel, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 25, 10249 Berlin
We are an alliance of leftist parties, organizations and autonomous groups. Since 1996, we have been preparing the annual demonstration within the framework of the Luxemburg-Liebknecht-Commemoration. We combine the memory of the ideas of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht with the demands in the struggles of our time: We demonstrate for peace and international solidarity, against exploitation, against the dismantling of democratic rights and the increase of fascist dangers.
In spite of all!
Alliance for the preparation of the demonstration within the framework of the Luxemburg-Liebknecht-Commemoration
We kindly ask for donations to cover the costs of the annual Luxemburg-Liebknecht-Demonstration.
Laura von Wimmersperg
IBAN: DE92 1005 0000 6010 2191 81
Reason for payment: LL-Demo
Assassination of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht by a band of soldiers of the Cavalry Guards Rifle Division.
Karl Liebknecht, together with 31 murdered comrades, is buried in Friedrichsfelde Cemetery. The funeral procession develops into a mass demonstration.
Rosa Luxemburg is buried next to the burial site of Karl Liebknecht. Tens of thousands form the funeral procession.
Inauguration of the revolutionary monument created by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe at Friedrichsfelde Cemetery.
Commemoration ceremonies took place annually at the tombs of the murdered revolutionaries
Organized commemorations of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht were impossible. The revolutionary monument was destroyed by the fascists and the tombs of the murdered were levelled.
In the GDR, demonstrations took place every year on the second weekend of January to the Memorial of the Socialists in Berlin-Friedrichsfelde in honour of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht.
The demonstration was at first replaced by a Silent Remembrance.
The Lenin Square Alliance organized a demonstration from the former Lenin Square to the Memorial of the Socialists in Friedrichsfelde to protest against the later realized intention of grinding the Lenin Monument and renaming the Lenin Square (now Place of the United Nations).
The Lenin Square Alliance concluded its activities and a Berlin-wide alliance was established, which since 1996 has organized the annual demonstration within the framework of the Luxemburg-Liebknecht Commemoration. Elements of the commemoration are also the Silent Remembrance and the Wreath Ceremony at the Landwehr Canal, which since 1987 is always held on the 15th January.
Short Information on the Luxemburg-Liebknecht-Demonstration on 13th January 2019
On 13th January 2019, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, more than 15,000 participants from all over the country demonstrated together with guests from other countries from Frankfurter Tor to the Memorial of the Socialists in Berlin-Friedrichsfelde. It was demonstrated – as Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting (rbb) objectively noted – for peace and international solidarity and against the dismantling of democratic rights. The demonstration went without incident and seamlessly proceeded into the Silent Commemoration of the Berlin Land association of the party DIE LINKE on the cemetery forecourt. The Alliance for the preparation of the demonstration within the framework of the Luxemburg-Liebknecht-Commemoration would like to thank all participants for their combative, disciplined, and good-spirited participation.
Berlin, January 2019
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 25
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