The organizer was the Central Council of Eritreans in Germany, which is considered controversial because of its proximity to the regime of the country on the Horn of Africa. Human rights organizations accuse the Eritrean government of violating fundamental rights. The disrupters were attributed to the opponents of the regime.
The city of Gießen had initially banned the festival due to security concerns, which was overturned by the Gießen administrative court. The Hessian Administrative Court then confirmed the first-instance decision. There had already been violent protests in connection with a similar event last year.