Hundreds of anti-government and pacifist protesters rallied in the city of Lubmin on Monday, calling for an end to NATO arms supplies to Ukraine and the removal of sanctions imposed on Russia.
Footage shows demonstrators with flags and banners displaying messages such as 'Peace, freedom, out from NATO' and 'Our country is in the first place'.
"Can you provide any proof of how many people's lives the increasing arms deliveries have saved so far?” said Thomas Kerl, organizer of the demonstration.
“It is always being said that new weapons deliveries, more weapons deliveries will provide for peace and will also ensure that fewer people die. This has to be proven, a claim that has never been proven true in history,” he continued.
According to Kerl, protesters at the rally, which coincided with the Whit Monday holiday, were also in opposition to planned LNG terminals off the Baltic Sea as an alternative to gas previously provided by the Nord Stream pipelines.
“I strictly reject LNG gas because it is very harmful to the environment and the climate. Why has the Red-Green coalition now switched to LNG gas, although two years ago they claimed it is carcinogenic?” Kerl added.
“We must repair Nord Stream 2, we must together Russians make peace in Ukraine so that no more people die. As civilized people, we must sit down at a table and create peace.”
The demonstrators began the rally in Lubmin with a gathering in the Kurpark, where a series of speakers addressed the crowds. Later, the protesters marched through the city centre.
Lubmin is a coastal resort on the Baltic coast in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is known as the arrival point of Russian gas supplied via the Nord Stream pipelines, which were damaged by explosions last September in an act of suspected sabotage.