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Palestine Conference: Germany bans former Greek minister Varoufakis from entering

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has been banned from entering Germany to attend a controversial pro-Palestinian conference in Berlin over fears that some participants might make anti-Semitic remarks. Several travel bans into Germany were imposed, including against a former Greek minister, “to prevent any anti-Semitic and anti-Israel propaganda during the event,” German security authorities told AFP.

Yanis Varoufakis, co-founder of the left-wing pan-European party Diem25, wrote on the online network about the ban on all political activity. According to the former minister, this also applies to participation in online events, for example, through the Zoom network.

The speech that Yanis Varoufakis is talking about cannot be found in the message he posted on X (formerly Twitter) … But the Greek activist provided a link in another message on the same social network.

Continuation of the conference is prohibited

However, according to information from security circles, which was confirmed by the Handelsblatt newspaper, this is indeed a ban on entry into Germany. German police interrupted and then banned the conference in question on Friday less than an hour after it began because one of the speakers was banned from political activities in Germany, she explained on X, without giving her identity.

Police later said on social media that they had banned the conference, which was scheduled to take place from Friday to Sunday, from continuing. The war in Gaza has caused controversy in Germany, where Berlin’s strong support for Israel as a state issue has faced criticism that pro-Palestinian voices have been marginalized.

Source: Le Parisien

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