May 1st protest in Berlin’s Kreuzberg

For decades “autonomen” – anarchists and far-left demonstrators – have held an annual “Revolutionary May 1st protest” in Berlin’s Kreuzberg.

The past few years have seen some decline in the level of violence, particularly due to a family-friendly “My-fest” festival, that has been organized in the same area since 2003, drawing in enough peaceful by standers to dampen the ardor of protesters.

This year almost 20.000 demonstrators hit the streets. Riot police from all over Germany were streaming into the capital to keep the area under control.

 

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About the Author

Odeta Catană, born in Romania, has studied a range of disciplines: History and Theory of Arts, Cultural Anthropology and Documentary Photography at University of South Wales, Newport. She is a freelance photographer, currently lives in Berlin and she collaborates, since 2013, with POSI+TIVE magazine as photo editor.

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