Berlin braces for pro- and anti-AfD demonstrations

To see how explosive the situation could potentially be in Berlin this weekend, you need only look at a map of the possible demonstration routes.

The far-right populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party hopes to attract as many as 10,000 supporters to Berlin’s main train station on Sunday. From there they plan to march a little over one kilometer to the western side of Brandenburg Gate, where party co-chairmen Alexander Gauland and Jörg Meuthen are scheduled to address the demonstrators.

That’s if those demonstrators get there. An alliance of AfD opponents, including politicians, migrant-advocacy groups, theaters, dance clubs, gay and lesbian groups, trade unions and Berlin party people, have vowed to turn out in even greater numbers and prevent the right-wing populist march. As the week drew to a close, anti-AfD activists had applied for permits for at least thirteen counter-demonstrations and other events.