An oversized papier-mâché Putin, shoving Ukraine down his throat, will be installed in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin at 3 pm on Saturday, in full view of the Russian embassy. The satirical carriage of the artist Jacques Tilly toured Düsseldorf on Shrove Monday. It was brought to Berlin on a private initiative.
Tilly had constructed the greedy Vladimir Putin with the catchphrase “Suffocate!” as a surprise and put it on the road as a single car. The Düsseldorf Rose Monday procession, world famous above all for the Tilly motto car, had already been canceled before the Ukraine war and postponed until the end of May due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After the demonstration on Saturday, the car will be part of a demonstration of solidarity with Ukraine on Sunday. A train from Alexanderplatz to Strasse des 17 Juni has been announced for noon. 100,000 participants are registered.
Meanwhile, a sketch of Putin’s car signed by Tilly is being auctioned off by Düsseldorf Diakonie on Facebook. The auction will run until next Thursday, on Friday night the highest publicly visible bid was 2,000 euros.
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According to Diakonie, the proceeds will be used to help refugees from Ukraine. For example, SIM cards for mobile phones will be purchased so that refugees can keep in touch with their homeland. Supermarket vouchers to stock up on essentials, or prams and baby clothes that have had to be left behind on the run are also considered.
“We have to be together in these times,” Tilly explained about the commitment on the Diakonie side and called for solidarity with Ukraine. (teaspoon, dpa, epd)