MUNICH, Germany — Carrying wooden crosses and banners, about 30,000 Bavarians on Saturday protested a ruling by Germany's highest court striking down a state law that mandated crucifixes on classroom walls.
"The crosses will remain!" Bavarian Premier Edmund Stoiber shouted as he greeted the mostly older crowd on a central square. "He who wishes to ban Christian symbols from public places touches an open nerve in our culture."
The Constitutional Court on Aug. 10 struck down a 1968 regulation requiring classroom crucifixes in Bavaria. The high court said it forced children to "learn under the cross."
Bavaria, a largely Roman Catholic state, is the only German state where it has been mandatory for the crucifix to be displayed.