Call for participation in the demonstration within the framework of the Luxemburg-Liebknecht-Commemoration, on 13th January 2019 at 10 a.m. from Frankfurter Tor to the Memorial of the Socialists in Berlin-Friedrichsfelde and also on 15th January 2018 at 06:00 p.m. from Olof Palme Place to the Memorials in Tiergarten.
We say: In spite of all!
Year after year in January, thousands of people with carnations and roses are coming to the sepulchre of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in Berlin-Friedrichsfelde. And because this will be the 100th anniversary of their murder in 2019, and because the fanatical evil spirit of their murderers is celebrating a malign resurrection in many places in Germany and Europe, our »In spite of all!« shall become highly visible!
What had these two leaders of the Left, founders of the KPD, done to be spied on, caught, tortured and brutally murdered? Were they for new wars again and again? No, they were for lasting peace! Did they want to sacrifice more sweat and blood on the altar of the Steel Barons? No, they were against the exploitation of our and other peoples! Did you think like our rulers: »Many enemies, much honour«? No, they worked for the solidarity of humans and peoples! Did they follow the nationalist, racist, anti-Semitic Pied Pipers? No, they tore the masks off their faces.
Therefore, they spoke at rallies, they gathered allies, they became a growing counterforce. Precisely for this reason they were persecuted by the reactionary troops of the Freikorps, the secret services and Reichswehr and finally cruelly slaughtered. Like many others before. The rulers called it »Create order!«. It became the runway for Hitler’s brown columns.
But on the day of their assassination, the article »In spite of all« by Karl Liebknecht appeared. And the day before, Rosa Luxemburg wrote: »I was, I am, I will be!«.
Our collective remembrance redeems their pledge! Although capitalism has been restored in Eastern Europe in the meantime? We say, »In spite of all!«. Although eight super-rich families meanwhile have more wealth than the poorer half of the inhabitants of the earth? Although so many wars and civil wars are raging? Although more than 65 million people are on the run – between rubble, inflatable boats and barrier fences? Although the strong and rich Germany competes for deportation records? Although German troops are once again on the Russian border and the US President doubles his defence budget?
We say: Exactly therefore and in spite of all! And demonstrate peacefully in this spirit on 13th January 2019.
We do not want a Fortress Europe! We want a world of peace, solidarity and a life worth living on all continents!
We think that's possible: »In spite of all!«
LL Demo Organisation Committee, Berlin, September 2018
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
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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.
Preparation of the Luxemburg-Liebknecht-Commemoration on 13th January 2019
On 15th January 1919 – two weeks after the foundation of the KPD – Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht were murdered by the reaction. On 13th January 2019, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of this shameful crime, we will once again march to the Memorial to the Socialists in Berlin-Friedrichsfelde in the context of the Luxemburg-Liebknecht-Commemoration.
We should prepare for this event in the long term and build upon the experience of this year’s demonstration. It was attended by 12,000 people. The demonstration was spirited and disciplined. The intervention of the police was absolutely unnecessary and also unannounced. We share the position expressed in the press release of 16th January 2018 by Ulla Jelpke (Member of the German Bundestag for the party DIE LINKE) on this police raid. Likewise we share the position from the statement of NAV-DEM Berlin: »We condemn the repression and violence of the Berlin police! The arrests, harassment and brutality against predominantly Kurdish youths at the demonstration make it clear that the Federal German politics and the Berlin police are particularly targeting Kurdish activists.«
We ask all who are traditionally involved in the preparation and performing of the demonstration to think and discuss early on how we can succeed in having great many participants of the commemoration on 13th January 2019. We further ask to start the organisational preparation in the federal states early and to ensure that we go to the streets with demands that are on the agenda here and now – in the spirit of Rosa and Karl.
Berlin, January 2018
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 25
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