Call for participation in the demonstration within the framework of the Luxemburg-Liebknecht-Commemoration, on 15th January 2023 at 10 a.m. from Frankfurter Tor to the Memorial of the Socialists in Berlin-Friedrichsfelde and also on 15th January 2023 at 05:00 p.m. from Olof Palme Place to the Memorials in Tiergarten.
Against war and crisis! For peace and solidarity!
Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg were murdered on 15th January 1919 by right-wing Freikorps with the approval of the Noskes and Scheidemanns in Berlin. Their commitment to peace and against war imposes on us the duty to link the struggle for the survival of humanity with the social, with the class question. Wars do not solve humanity’s problems.
Russia’s illegal war against Ukraine, which began on 24th February 2022, has a history. We call on those who deny the West's joint responsibility for this war to think twice. Above all, the USA – with NATO in tow – and also the EU have decisively provoked this war. Day after day, oil is poured on the fire. We call for an immediate ceasefire and negotiations so that civilization does not sink into nuclear inferno.
The essential responsibility of the so-called free world for the extremely dangerous international situation includes that the globally active imperialism must always be confronted locally. Because politics is always concrete. In this country, the situation that has arisen is being instrumentalized. A special fund of 100 billion Euros was proposed overnight for the armament of the Bundeswehr. This money will be lacking where it is urgently needed – not only since the corona pandemic: for health, education and housing, for mobility as well as for the protection of nature and for measures against climate change. The armament of the Bundeswehr goes hand in hand with a further strengthening of German militarism. The Federal Republic of Germany wants and shall play a leading role in Europe and beyond.
Peace seems a long way off. Those who advocate negotiations and disarmament are disparaged and silenced. Sweden and Finland are sacrificing the Kurds to join NATO. We experience that double standards are applied to actions contrary to international law. The US wars seem forgotten. The victims of Western politics do not matter. Fortress Europe remains closed to those fleeing war and misery. There are exceptions for the unbureaucratically admitted refugees from Ukraine – at least if they are white – while people freeze to death on the Polish-Belarusian border. And Russian conscientious objectors are not really welcome here as well. Safe escape routes for all people are all the more necessary.
The people in this country are paying the bill for war and rearmament through ever-increasing inflation: food, energy and mobility are becoming more expensive every month. And while the majority of the population is cynically called upon to freeze for »freedom«, defence and energy companies are reaping unimaginable profits. As always, the losers are the working people, especially the poor. Nature also falls by the wayside in the state-imposed impoverishment. For example, nuclear power plants are longer to remain in operation and environmentally harmful fracking gas is being imported from the USA. The winners of this policy are the right. Antifascism is more necessary than ever.
For peace, social justice, environmental protection, internationalism and solidarity, we, leftists of different currents, will jointly and peacefully express our positions and demands on 15th January 2023.
We call for a broad alliance and a powerful demonstration.
LL Demo Organisation Committee, Berlin, October 2022
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
0049 0172 7085059