Journalist Attacked After Reporting on Pro-Palestine Protest

(LibertySociety.com) – A protest in Leipzig, Germany, made headlines when a video journalist and his assistant were attacked by a violent group of pro-Palestine demonstrators. While filming the protest, the pair was “massively harassed by stewards and demonstrators,” according to news outlet Sachsen Fernsehen. After the event, they were followed and confronted at a tram stop where they were physically beaten. The violent group, with one reportedly wearing a Palestinian scarf, continued to beat the men after they fell to the ground. Both were admitted to the hospital for head injuries. The attackers fled the scene before the police arrived.

The video journalist was freelancing for Sachsen Fernsehen when the attack occurred. The outlet released a statement of condemnation and warned that targeting journalists “is absolutely unacceptable and threatens the fundamental values of press freedom.” The media union provided a similar statement. Thus far, no arrests have been made, but police are still investigating the matter.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg’s unexpected appearance at the protest was overshadowed in the media due to the brutal attack. She spoke in support of the Palestinians and accused Israel of genocide. She encouraged the crowd to make their voices heard and insinuated that not standing with the Palestinians was inhumane.

Thunberg spends most of her time campaigning about the climate but has recently begun stumping for the Palestinians. Back in November 2023, she made an appearance at a pro-Palestinian protest in Stockholm, Sweden. On January 26, she participated in another protest in front of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands. That same day, the ICJ ruled that Israel’s military response could result in the genocide of Palestinians but did not agree that genocide was already occurring. The ICJ also opted out of ordering Israel to stop its retaliatory efforts, as the country’s representatives argued that Hamas terrorists were the intended target. According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, which is controlled by Hamas, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have killed over 26,000 people in Gaza since the war began.

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