Hundreds of people in Berlin protest against Germany’s increasing military spending

On the afternoon of December 5 local time, hundreds of people gathered in the central government area of Berlin to protest against the country’s increasing military spending. < / P > < p > on the same day, protestors from a number of trade unions, social and environmental protection organizations formed a human chain running through the Federal Parliament, the Federal Chancellery and other important German government institutions around the theme of “peace rather than military expansion”, and held peaceful demonstrations. Although the number of participants registered in advance was 250, according to the organizers, there were about 500 people present. Berlin police said that there were no more than 350 people in fact. However, according to a police spokesman, apart from the city center, there were sporadic protest gatherings in several other districts of Berlin, and the overall atmosphere was very peaceful. < / P > < p > in an interview with the media, Hoffman, the representative of the protest and chairman of the German Federation of trade unions, said that the main reason for organizing the demonstration was to oppose the global arms race and the requirement that NATO member states’ military expenditure should reach 2% of their gross national product. He stressed that every effort must be made to put an end to armed conflict, because violence cannot solve any problem. < / P > < p > it is reported that similar protests were held in other cities in Germany on the 5th. The series of demonstrations came against the background that the German government will pass a draft budget for the next two years next week, which involves raising the country’s military spending. < / P > < p > according to the latest data, Germany’s military expenditure in 2020 is about 1.58% of GDP, higher than 1.36% in 2019. According to the previous commitment of the German Federal Ministry of defense, Germany plans to achieve NATO’s 2% target by 2024.