Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - Thousands of people took to the streets in Düsseldorf as part of two demonstrations. According to the police, around 4,500 to 5,000 people set a sign of diversity and respect with a colorful demonstration through the city area in the direction of the river Rhine on Christopher Street Day (CSD). The 19th CSD is taking place this weekend in Düsseldorf under the motto "Live and let live".
The so-called Stonewall uprisings are commemorated worldwide every year with CSD campaigns. They were a series of violent clashes between homosexuals and police officers on Christopher Street in New York in 1969.
At the same time, around 4,500 people took part in a demonstration by the "Defend Kurdistan" initiative. The umbrella organization of Kurdish cultural associations (Kon-Med) had called for this nationwide. "Both demonstrations are peaceful and there is a great atmosphere in the city," said the police spokesman on Saturday afternoon.