Chancellor Olaf Scholz does not believe in tolerance towards aggressive demonstrators. One experiences more and more often "that peaceful protest turns into violence," he said on Wednesday in a speech to the federal congress of the police union (GdP) in Berlin. This abuse of the right of assembly cannot be accepted. He emphasized: "Our democracy is well defended, nobody should doubt that." Scholz said he was grateful to the GdP for always taking a clear stance against racism and any form of extremism. The GdP Federal Congress takes place every four years. Jochen Kopelke was elected the new chairman on Monday. On Wednesday he said that the GdP wanted to fight in the next few years, among other things, to prevent unnecessary overtime and "sickening overload" of the police officers.