According to countings of the local media and police, around 500 demonstrants have attended the demonstration. At the end of this article are some links to photo galleries. And if you’d like to know my personal experience on it, then read on.
At first when I arrived there, there wasn’t much going on. People were splitted around, didn’t show some sort of unity. The main organisators did, what they could do best. At 17 o`clock they informed us again about the procedure, what we are allowed to do and what not. We should respect the police, the staff and should not attack anyone violently or destroy objects on our route. Especially they told us not to rip off election posters of certain parties, but we were allowed , if we wanted to, to make fun of it.
Well, well after 30 minutes we started, the head organisators told us to move together, to show some sort of unity and some sort of uproar or else the media and the pedestrians will not take the demonstration serious.
So we started and I shouted “eSport ist kein Mord!”, then one followed in saying it, then the head organisator and then the crowd! What a moment. We started then our route through the inner city of Karlsruhe and the people went on together. Saying several times the slogan, it stopped after a while. I received a whistle and used it loud! We didn’t have much slogans or anything what was given us by the head staff. But during the route, we invented new slogans, such as “Wir sind hier, wir sind laut, weil man uns die Spiele klaut!” (“We are here and we are loud, because you take from us away the games!”) or “Wir sind keine Amokläufer!” (We are no maniacs!”. Check out the picture, I am the one in the blue T-shirt, cheering the crowd.
It worked! We moved on together and the pedestrians were looking at us astonished.
We arrived at the Marktplatz for the main speech. And started jumping around shouting “Hey, hey, wer nicht hüpft, der ist kein Spieler!” (hey hey, who doesn´t jump, is no gamer!).
(video by Nyarla)
The speech began. First spoke the two initiators, then the mother of Norman S. (Scorpion) .
After the main speech was over, we made a break of 10 minutes. During this break we were told to promote this demonstration among the surrounding pedestrians. And the we moved on to the last stop of our demonstration. At that stop the organisators build up two computers connected with each other and an additional laptop with a video projector, so that we could follow some showmatches. But first the light conditions were not optimal to have a decent video presentation. So the staff thanked again those who have come and presented themselves. Nice one!
Then the showmatches began.
At that point I have left to go to some barbeque with my classmates, so at this point I stop this report.
The photos have been taken by different photographers and belong to the creators. Here are the complete gallery links: