17. January 2024

Defend democracy – Frankfurt against AfD and shift to the right!

+++ Broad alliance of over 60 initiatives and associations calls for participation +++ Several thousand people expected +++ With speeches by Lord Mayor Mike Josef and many more +++

All over Germany, people are taking to the streets to stand up for democracy and oppose the the exclusion of their fellow citizens. In Frankfurt, too, there will be a demonstration on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Römer under the motto “Defend democracy – Frankfurt against AfD and the shift to the right!”. The rally is being organized by the KoalaKollektiv and supported by a broad alliance of civil society, unions, NGOs and initiatives of marginalized people.

With speeches by:

  • Mike Josef (Lord Mayor of the City of Frankfurt)
  • Eleonore Wiedenroth Coulibaly and Hadija Haruna-Oelker
    (Initiative of Black People in Germany)
  • Philipp Jacks (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund and #AfDNee initiative)
  • Meron Mendel (Bildungsstätte Anne Frank)
  • Hibba Kauser (activist)
  • Newroz Duman (Initiative 19. Februar)
  • Yasmin Alignaghi (Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband)
  • Eva Walter (Frankfurt solidarisch)
  • Holger Kamlah (Protestant city dean, Römerbergbündnis)

And live acts from Frankfurt:

  • Shantel (Disko Partizani)
  • The OhOhOhs (analog techno)

Not surprising, but now official: Leading AfD members, other influential right-wing extremists and business men want millions of marginalized people to be deported from Germany, as research by the newsroom Correctiv shows.

These inhumane ideas of deportations are not right-wing extremist mind games, but tangible plans by influential AfD members, members of the so-called “Werte-Union” together with Identitarians and neo-Nazis. At the same time AfD is now polling high approval ratings and is the strongest party in many federal states and in second place nationwide. In fall, its political influence could multiply in eastern Germany.

“None of this is a question of political attitude. It is a questioning of the constitutional state, the rule of law and nothing less than an attack on the basis of our coexistence, our humanistic view of mankind and our democratic values in Germany. What is needed now is an active stand against the right from the entire society. From anti-fascists to conservatives, from trade unionists to pastors, from farmers to bankers: we are all called upon to defend our democracy! A juristical ban on the AfD must be examined and its political influence must be pushed back. We will only preserve our democracy if we stand up for it across borders,” says Peter Josiger, spokesperson for the KoalaKollektiv.

The alliance calls for participation in the demo to defend democracy and diversity:

Abá e.V.

Antifa Basisgruppe

Amara – Kurdischer Frauenrat


adan netzwerk


Arbeitsgemeinschaft Natur- und Umweltbildung Bundesverband e.V.


Aufstehen gegen Rassismus

Asta Goethe Universität Frankfurt


BI Schöner Grüneburgweg

Bildungsstätte Anne Frank

Bildungsinitiative Ferhat Unvar e. V.

Bosniakisches Kultur Center e.V.


Bündnis Akzeptanz und Vielfalt/KUSS41

Cares e.V.

Caritas Verband Frankfurt

Chaos Computer Club Frankfurt e.V.

Club Voltaire

DGB Jugend


DIDF Frankfurt

DIDF Jugend Frankfurt

End Fossil

Europa Union

Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt

Fecher bleibt

Feministische Bibliothek

Frankfurt for Future

Frankfurt for Ukraine

Fridays for Future Frankfurt

Förderverein Roma e.V.

Gegen Vergessen – für Demokratie e.V.

Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie Regionalgruppe Frankfurt

Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft Hessen

Grandparents for Future

Greenpeace Frankfurt

Grüne Jugend

Haus am Dom

Hamra United

Hessen gegen Rechts

Hessen steht auf

Hessischer Flüchtlingsrat

IFZ – Internationales Familienzentrum Frankfurt

Infrau e.V.

Initiative Schwarze Menschen Deutschland (ISD)

Initiative Dondorf Druckerei

Internationaler Jugendverein

Initiative 19. Februar

Initiative Gastronomie Frankfurt e.V.

Initiative 9. November e.V.

Jusos Hessen

Kita-Fachkräfte-Verband Hessen e.V.

KiJuIV Hessen n.e.V. c/o Initiative JungeStimme Deutschland

Klimaentscheid Frankfurt

Kommunale Ausländerinnen- und Ausländervertretung

Kurdische Gesellschaftszentrum Frankfurt

LAGG e. V.

LEADERSHIP RHEIN-MAIN – Netzwerk auf Augenhöhe gUG

Letzte Generation Frankfurt

Linksjugend solid

Naturfreunde Hessen

NaturFreunde Frankfurt

Makkabi Frankfurt

Melodiva – Frauen Musik Büro

Offenes Klimatreffen

Omas gegen Rechts Frankfurt

Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband Hessen

People for Future Frankfurt

Perspektive Ukraine

Psychologist for Future Frankfurt

Pulse of Europe Frankfurt

Rat der Religionen

Römerberg Bündnis

Türkische Gemeinde Hessen

Scientists for Future Frankfurt

Sportjugend Hessen

Switchboard/Rainbow Refugees

Transition Town

Transfer zwischen den Kulturen e.V.


ver.di Frankfurt

ver.di Regenbogen Hessen

Verband binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften

Volt Frankfurt

VVN BdA Frankfurt

XR Frankfurt

Zentralrat der Serben Hessen

Time: Saturday, January 20 at 1 pm, Live acts from 12:30 pm
Place: Römer in Frankfurt/Main

About the KoalaKollektiv
The KoalaKollektiv is a climate justice group from Frankfurt that was founded in January 2020. Since then, it has been running various projects and campaigns for a socio-ecological change that makes a good life possible worldwide. Today and in the future.