The deaths of three German soldiers in a Taliban ambush has brought a new intensity to the Easter peace marches that take place in German cities every year.
Organisers say the “Stop The Afghan War” campaign
has been growing since the government ordered another 850 troops to Afghanistan in addition to the 4,300 German soldiers already there.
Munich protest organiser Walter Listel said: “Germany shouldn’t be in Afghanistan. This is not a war against terror it’s a war against the civilian population and only creates more terror.”
There is a long history of Easter peace marches in Germany dating back to nuclear disarmament demonstrations in the ’60s.
The protesters say they fear Afghanistan is turning into another Vietnam.