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People attend a pro-Ukraine protest rally in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, March 13, 2022. 

Anti-war protests planned across Europe, small rallies in Russia

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On Sunday, tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in cities across the country Europe To protest the war going on in Ukrainewith the organization of small gatherings in Russia And also despite the authorities’ repression of such demonstrations.

People attend a pro-Ukraine protest rally in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, March 13, 2022.
(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Trade unions have called for a protest in Berlin as sunny weather is expected to increase turnout. The organizers planned to walk from the city’s Alexanderplatz – a large square named after the Russian Tsar Alexander I – to a site near the Brandenburg Gate.

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Many of the participants carried blue and yellow flags of Ukraine, while others carried banners reading “Stop the war” and “Peace and solidarity of the people of Ukraine”.

people participate in "Stop the war!  Peace and solidarity for the people of Ukraine" A demonstration in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, March 13, 2022.

People take part in the “Stop the War! Peace and Solidarity for the People of Ukraine” demonstration in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, March 13, 2022.
(Fabian Sommer/dpa via AP)

Protests have also been planned in Warsaw, London, Madrid, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Stuttgart.

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In Russia, where protests against the war in Ukraine were met with a heavy police response, rights group OVD-Info said more than 200 people had been arrested in 23 cities as of early afternoon Moscow time.

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Meanwhile, Ukrainian citizens in Taiwan and their supporters staged a rally on Sunday in Taipei in protest of the Russian invasion.

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