Wednesday, May 8, 2024

What does Berlin fear? Soviet flag banned once again on the occasion of 9 May anniversary

For a third consecutive year, on the occasion of the anniversary of the People's Great Anti-Fascist Victory on 9 May, Berlin's local authorities banned the Soviet flag and communist symbols in an effort to limit celebrations at the three Red Army monuments in the city, Treptower Park, Tiergarten and Pankow.

The shameful decision was taken under the pretext of “safety” and “avoidance of violent incidents” and was confirmed by the German capital’s top administrative court confirmed on Monday.
In an unhistorical and provocative attempt to equalize the Soviet Union with capitalist Russia, Soviet and Russian flags, as well as the St George’s ribbons, made up of three black stripes and regularly flown in Russia to commemorate the victory over Nazi Germany in May 1945, are thus banned around the memorial in the Tiergarten Park. 

On the other hand, Ukrainian flags, initially banned by police, will be allowed, the Berlin administrative court ruled. There was no appeal against that decision. “The police’s prognosis that the (Russian) symbols are likely to convey violence in view of the ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine proves to be well-founded,” the top court justified in its decision.

It must be noted that during the last two years, Berlin authorities have unsuccessfully tried to prevent members and supporters of the Communist Parties of Greece and Turkey, KKE and TKP, from holding events at Treptower Park. Police had even asked Party flags to be removed due to their “resemblance with the Soviet one” (!).

Apparently, despite their invocation of the imperialist war in Ukraine, their actual fear is the message that the anniversary of the People's Great Anti-Fascist Victory carries and the symbolism of the communist Red Flag waving over Reichstag in May 1945.