On Saturday November 19th, there will be a demonstration in The Hague, The Netherlands, against the wave of repression that Hague anti-fascists and anarchists have been facing in the last year. One who attacks one of us, attacks all of us. Solidarity through struggle!
Within the last year, repression against anti-fascists and anarchists has greatly increased, with The Hague in the middle of it. An area ban for anarchists was issued for the Schilderswijk, in an attempt to break the struggle against the racist, violent, and murderous police. After that, another area ban was issued, this time against anti-fascists who have been resisting against the extreme right wing Pegida demonstrations. Damage claims of 50,000 euro were demanded from several anarchists who resisted against the eviction of social center De Vloek, which had been squatted for 13 years. The mayor also tried to shutter the local Autonomous Center. Furthermore, subsequent demonstrations were forbidden, people were intimidated by the police at home and on the street, numerous preventative arrests were made, and attempts were made to recruit informants.
But these are not just attacks against individual anarchists and anti-fascists. This is an attack against all who fight against racism, this is an attack against all who stand for a world without exploitation and discrimination, this is an attack on all of us. And this attack cannot go unanswered! This is a call for solidarity, because solidarity is our weapon against the isolation being forced on us by the police and the mayor. We must defend our autonomous spaces and structures!
Come to The Hague on November 19th. Because the chains of the state dripping with racism and oppression must be broken! Because one who doesn’t fight has already lost.
Protesters started to march on broad streets, shouting slogans in solidarity with the detainees, and against the police, prisons and the State. The demonstration ended up in the Gracia area. Upon entering this neighbourhood, hooded comrades uninhibitedly attacked many bank branches, several multinational shops, as well as the 5-star Casa Fuster hotel (which was the Nazi Germany’s consulate in Barcelona in 1936, prior to being the headquarters of the revolution’s defense committee in the spring of 1937, until it was taken by the Falange in 1939, and became a luxury hotel during the Transition, after the associative neighbourhood movement attempted to turn it into social facilities).
Despite several threats from the police to assault demonstrators, a good part of the comrades withstood together to keep attacking the representatives of Capital in the city. We called it a day after disposing the material used for attacks, and then marched in groups away from the area.
No arrests were reported.
Immediate release of our comrades!
Fire to this social peace built on our imprisoned brothers and sisters!
The main banner of the demonstration reads: ‘No prosecution against anarchist fighter G.S. – Valveios Autonomous Movement – “Ah dammit, comrade who didn’t betray [us], we are living in the barbarity”[*]’
Main updates from various linksunten posts related to the eviction of Gerhart Hauptmann Schule, the refugee school in Ohlauer Street, Kreuzberg:
Yesterday (24/6), cops initially ordered the “shelter security” company to invade the occupied school; police forces entered the building later on. The eviction process was suspended during the night, scheduled to continue the next day. Spontaneous demonstrations and street actions occurred until at least 11pm.
It appears that there are refugees left out in the street without any place to stay, despite official ‘promises’ for accommodation.
Today (25/6), there are still people on the roof of the refugee school. They demand the right to stay, for everyone.
In the afternoon, the office of Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain district mayor, Monika Herrmann (Green Party), located in Frankfurter Allee, was temporarily occupied by a group of people in solidarity with refugees. After threats of repression, and upon arrival of nearly 8 police vans (the bigger ones for 12 cops) with cops already wearing their helmets, the group of protesters left the place.
At least two solidarity demonstrations have been called in Berlin:
– in Oranienplatz at 7pm (authorized demo);
– in Kottbusser Tor at 10.30pm (unauthorized).
The first demo is expected to end in front of the school in a gathering with live music and live connection via video with the refugees inside the building.
The unauthorized demo aims to end at the school as well, no matter which way people take to get there.
(No arrests have been reported as of yet.)
Weather forecast: continuous heavy rain; time for big fires in the streets.
Solidarity with the squatters of Ohlauer Street’s school and all other refugees! Come all to Kottbusser Tor in Kreuzberg, and bring many banners and fliers with you! Let’s show the Berlin Senate, the District and the Green Party what solidarity means and what we think of their relocation measures. The aim of the spontaneous demo is to reach the school, either indirectly or directly…
On February 22nd, 2014, more than 50,000 people gathered in Nantes for the biggest anti-airport demonstration ever. As it was declared illegal by the prefecture, it quickly faced stunning repression; hundreds of over-armed cops surrounded the demo while a huge anti-riot wall blocked the central street of the city (le cours des 50 otages). It was the first time in Nantes’ social struggles history that a demo couldn’t pass by there. Politicians and media talked about “lootings” and “devastations”, deploring the violence after a group of demonstrators attempted to walk the original route.
However, the Power and its accomplices failed to mention the extreme ferocity in the crackdown on this demonstration. On February 22nd, hundreds of people were hurt by police weapons. At least three of them lost an eye from rubber-bullet shots. A lot of people breathed tear gas, were shaken up from stun grenades, or wounded from dispersion grenades, or repulsed by water cannons.
A few weeks later, on March 31st, media exultantly declared a first “dragnet” following a special police force’s investigation. Nine comrades had their houses searched and were arrested in the early morning. Two of them were immediately released, as one of them was not even in Nantes on the day of the demonstration. Four others couldn’t prepare their defense since they were sent to the court through the immediate arraignment procedure. Sentences are as heavy as the records are empty: indeed, the only real evidence the prosecution had were the confessions of the accused. Three of them have been condemned to prison terms without remission. During this parody of a trial, judge Tchalian did not hesitate to double the prosecutor’s requisitions and put our comrade Enguerrand directly in prison. One year in prison without remission for some stones and smoke cans.
The purpose of the repression from police and the justice system that the anti-airport movement is now facing is only to terrorize those who revolt and start fighting against capitalism’s hold on our living spaces. It is to psychologically and physically touch a social movement, to mutilate and incarcerate some of us to reach all the others. The sentences and mutilations of the 22nd of February are not only an application of laws or peacekeeping techniques—they are deeply political. This real state terrorism expresses clearly what must be expected for those who resist.
Today, Enguerrand, Quentin, Damien, Emmanuel, Philippe, J. and G. are its victims. It could have been any one of us. According to the State and its so-called justice, taking part in a demonstration is sufficient to justify the loss of an eye or a prison term.
We shouldn’t step back as we are facing such violent repression. By doing so, we would only prove their case. The best support we can give to our wounded and incarcerated comrades is to keep on fighting. Our struggle has never been so powerful, and we have never been so close to realizing a future without concrete. More than ever, we must keep on fighting and not give anything up in the struggle against the airport and the world that produces it.
Against the assassin Power that mutilated and incarcerated, we have a weapon that it cannot take back. In a letter, on April 8th, Enguerrand stated: “The strength of activist solidarity cannot be defeated,” and indeed, we agree. Actions in support of those wounded and accused in the struggle have already been diverse and numerous, modeled on the diversity within the movement. Infinite are the potential actions. Organize a concert or a fundraiser to financially support the accused and their families. Call for a demonstration (“peacefully helmeted”? —a reference to the “Flashballes” song) to express revolt against police crimes. Cover the walls with painted slogans or posters to make sure that no one ignores what is happening…
Every initiative is welcome to bring reassurance to our comrades and remind the Power of our rage and determination. Against the conniving silence of the media spectacle, we can only rely on ourselves to make “justice” a meaningful word again. We strongly encourage every collective or individual solidarity action against repression of the anti-airport movement, no matter whether it happens in Nantes or anywhere else, today or anytime.
No justice, no peace! Solidarity with the wounded and the accused! No to the airport and its world!
DEMONSTRATION Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at 3pm – Nantes prefecture
To write to the support committee for Enguerrand or to sign this call: soutien.enguerrand(at)riseup.net
In an attempt to implement its plan for the fascistization of society and the imposition of modern totalitarianism, the State has repressed and continues to repress every struggling sector of society, and every form of resistance, opting to unleash a crackdown also on students from the beginning of the school year.
Carrying an official document issued by the Attica General Police Directorate, police officers across the country arrested students who participated in occupations of schools, and sent the detainees to investigating judges. Students from the high schools of Keratsini (Piraeus), Igoumenitsa, Lamia, Volos and other regions were brought before an interrogator to be questioned regarding their involvement in the “criminal act” of occupation. We are witnessing a great effort on the part of the State to suppress the student movement that nowadays acquires more antiauthoritarian characteristics. The blunt repression against the student march on the 6th of December 2013, when arrests and detentions occurred randomly, the extensive use of tear gas and the brutal violence show that fear is on the opposite camp, and not among high-school students.
They want us to bow our head down to the new educational system, to constantly be in a classroom reading a school textbook. Our schoolrooms are similar to prison cells, surrounded by bars, each of them housing a huge number of students, in addition to the reduced number of teachers; these conditions form the backdrop of an already degraded education which is “donated” by the State. The exhausting school hours, the enforced private lessons outside of school, the sterile knowledge have turned our schools into factories of standardized people, already for so many years.
Authoritarians would like us to finish school having become slaves destined for the big bosses; without having a political point of view, nor being able to fight for our rights.
We fight for a school and a society without competitiveness, with structures of solidarity, equality and self-organization. We will constantly stand up against them, with occupations, demonstrations and clashes.
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at 7pm in Propylaea, Panepistimiou Street, Athens
Thousands of people came to Hamburg on the 21st of December to participate in the protest against the eviction of the Rote Flora squat, for a right to stay for refugees, and to show solidarity to the evicted residents of the Esso houses. Everybody knew that it would be a chaotic day, with thousands of autonomous activists and thousands of riotcops standing against each other in Hamburg. Still, everything went differently than we first thought it would go.
The pre-gathering in front of the Rote Flora squat was scheduled to begin at 2pm, and the big international demonstration was due for 3pm. Thousands of people gathered there already at noon. The atmosphere was great; people were full of enthusiasm and wanted to take the protest to the street. So, finally shortly after 3pm, the march started. Not only was it one of the biggest demonstrations of the year but also the shortest. The police stopped the march under a bridge after 20 meters. Cops immediately used pepper spray and batons to force the activists to stop. A few seconds later, two water cannons also came to push back the demo to where it started.
Then activists responded with stones, bottles and fireworks against the police. People were being pushed back, because more and more cops stormed against the crowd, hitting almost everyone in their way. In the end it seemed like, even though there were hundreds of protesters fighting the cops, they had no chance because there were hundreds if not thousands of cops in full body armor attacking them again and again. Another problem was that there was very little material to throw at the police. Many people had prepared themselves for street fights with the cops that day, but were initially paralyzed because of how fast the police escalated violence. Activists built barricades out of trashcans, benches and tables from restaurants nearby. After 30 minutes of clashes, the police managed to gain control of most of the place in front of the Rote Flora. By then everybody had accepted the fact that there would not be a large demonstration in Hamburg that day. So people just used a different strategy to take the protest to the streets.
Shortly after the police attacked the demo, some activists already tried to get away; people realized that the demonstration would not go on, so they wanted to leave the location and start their own actions in the city. Even though almost every street was blocked by hundreds of riotcops, many activists managed to leave the scenery. Then they formed spontaneous demonstrations in the entire city. Sometimes demos with only 50 people and sometimes demos with over 1,000 people walking through the streets, attacking cops, banks, shops (big corporations like McDonalds and Vodafone) while building barricades. Long into the night you could hear fireworks and people shouting slogans in all of Hamburg. People didn’t wait for someone to start the action; they started it themselves again and again. The police mostly just tried to chase us away and stop direct actions, because as it seems they didn’t have enough capacities to make a lot more than twenty arrests with charges that day.
It is hard to say whether this was a ‘victory’ or a ‘loss’ for the protest. We did not manage to demonstrate like we first wanted. The police clearly wanted to stop the process of combining three main struggles in Hamburg: Rote Flora squat, refugee struggle and Esso houses. On the other hand, Hamburg has seen the biggest riots in recent years, and after decentralizing the protest the police lost control of the situation.
I personally think it was a good day. Activists showed that an eviction of the Rote Flora squat would not be tolerated and it would end in absolute chaos for the Hamburg’s government, the police and the Capital. It is always nice to experience situations where the cops have to turn around and just run…
On Saturday, nearly 6,000 protesters marched in the city centre of Berlin during the annual demo in remembrance of comrade Silvio Meier, who was killed by neo-Nazis in 1992. However, on the same day, approximately 150 thugs from the neo-Nazi scene held a rally in one of their strongholds, Schöneweide, against asylum seekers and a recent attack on a prominent Nazi (Björn Wild, who was beaten up by antifas on the street). The fascists waved Greek and Golden Dawn flags next to other nationalist emblems. The antifascist counter-demo on location was rather small in numbers.
In Berlin, the refugee camp at Oranienplatz has been in imminent danger of eviction already since late November 2013. Refugees and people in solidarity are determined to keep the square as the basis of their struggle against the German asylum policy. However, Kreuzberg mayor Monika Herrmann of the Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) asked the cops to prepare a raid on the entire camp. She also stated that leftist radicals try to take advantage of the situation… Following these developments, heavy police violence was unleashed at Orienplatz, however activists counterattacked on many occasions.
The refugee camp at Oranienplatz exists for over a year now, and is a point of exchange between residents of Kreuzberg and refugees. There were several political attempts to end this square occupation, with subsequent police attacks. In summer of 2013, there was even a racist knife attack on a participant in the protest camp. The camp began after people in isolation camps, trapped by the restrictive German residency laws, broke out in order to march to Berlin. Refugees have made the camp both a living space and a site of struggle, and have also occupied a nearby school building (that was previously unused), in order to have an inside space during the winter. Both the camp and the occupied school building had been given official “tolerance” by the supposedly pro-refugee Green Party government of the district, in the face of large-scale support. After a disused building in Wedding was offered as winter housing to the refugees by a charity group, the Greens took the opportunity to claim that both the camp and the school should be evicted. The eviction threat comes despite the fact that the building offered only has space for 80 people from the camp, not everyone, and that the residents of the camp made it clear that they have no desire to leave the central and visible location in Oranienplatz to be put away in a house located on the northern edges of the city. However the State is using the rhetoric of democracy and charity to make it seem as if they are helping the protesting refugees, even as they call the police to evict them.
On the night of the eviction attempt the camp at Oranienplatz released the following statement:
“Today 24/11 in the early evening the refugee camp was almost evacuated by the police. The district mayor – Monika Herrmann of the Greens – has ended the official tolerance of the protest camp and has asked the police for help with the eviction. Through a massive mobilization and a large crowd in solidarity at Oranienplatz, an eviction was able to be prevented for the moment. The district government and the police say that the eviction will take place neither tonight, nor tomorrow 25/11 in the early morning. But we cannot rely on that! It is clear that the camp is not protected anymore by the district and that the mayor is ready to destroy it. It is also clear that the camp is a disturbance to the government of Berlin. Even if the district government will not evict it, the mayor of Berlin might do it instead. Mrs. Herrmann was at the camp this afternoon and talked to refugees and supporters. She received the following information: The house that has been offered to some people of the camp as a replacement is only large enough for 80 people. At least 30 refugees returned to the camp because there was no room for them in that shelter. Additionally, some refugees have made clear since the beginning of the negotiations for a ‘replacement object’ that a replacement is not an option for them. Rather, they want to stay and protest at Oranienplatz until their demands (abolish restricted residency requirements, shut down isolation camps, and stop all deportations) are met. Even though the mayor already knew that a larger number of people want to, or have to, continue living at Oranienplatz, she called for a police action. The Green Party, which claims to act for the rights of refugees, has trampled on them in this case. Since the beginning of the negotiations, we have viewed the limited access to a replacement house as an attempt to separate us. Those who are responsible have been informed that it is not an option for some people to leave Oranienplatz. Mrs. Herrmann reacted with the accusation that the struggle of refugees in Berlin has been taken over by left-wing radicals and is being instrumentalized by them. Therefore she has denied the refugees the ability to act politically and in a self-determined manner, even though they have directed their criticism and their demands directly to her. She has also launched a media campaign to de-legitimize the protest. It is an often used procedure: divide and conquer – integrate those who are satisfiable with an emergency shelter for the winter, and deny and suppress those who attempt to change the system; those who fight for equal rights for everyone; those who have demonstrated for more than one year at Oranienplatz. (…) Mrs. Herrmann and all politicians should understand that it is the strength of the protest that refugees and supporters can come together. The protest camp breaks isolation. The demands for open borders and the right to asylum are not those of a small minority. They are unevictable, solidary, and international! (…) Viva la revolución! Viva el Orienplatz! Freedom of Movement for Everybody!”
When the word of the eviction spread, hundreds of supporters spontaneously mobilized to defend the camp and began arriving at Oranienplatz. The police backed down from the eviction, but those who had showed up to defend the camp launched a spontaneous demonstration through Kreuzberg. Between 500 and 600 people marched through the area and broke through police lines several times when the police attempted to stop the demonstration. As during the last several spontaneous demonstrations in Berlin, barricades were constructed as the demo passed through the neighbourhood. Eventually the cops, overwhelmed and facing kicks and punches from the crowd, used pepper spray heavily and at least 5 comrades were arrested and many injured. That night the nearby office of the Green Party was attacked with paint.
The same day, a solidarity demonstration took place in Frankfurt am Main with 80 participants, and in Leipzig a solidarity demo of more than 150 people took place.
Another, more pacified, demonstration of several hundred people took place in Berlin after the refugees gave a press conference declaring their intent to stay at Oranienplatz until their demands have been met: closing all isolation camps, stopping all deportations, the right to work in Germoney, and the abolition of restrictive residency laws. (Related announcement, from 29/11, here.)
Further solidarity actions took place in Frankfurt, where a demonstration of 100 marched to the local offices of the Green Party and the SPD (Social Democratic Party).
Over 250 people participated in an antiracist demonstration in Bochum. The march went through the inner city, where lots of people who were shopping on the Christmas market received flyers and listened to the speeches. In one speech, a refugee from Africa talked about the current situation in the camp in Heiligenhaus where she has to live. She thanked everybody for their support and invited people to come to the camp, take a look at her situation and to talk about how to organize the struggle in the future.
Red banner reads: “Borderless solidarity instead of narrowed nationalism”; white banner reads: “Our welfare is based on exploitation – Economic refugees welcome” (in response to a racist ‘argument’ claiming that most of the migrants are only seeking state welfare benefits, and naming them ‘economic refugees’). More pictures here.
The building where preventatively detainees are locked up is called death-house over here. The Sicherungsverwahrung, preventative detention after completion of one’s sentence, is based on a Nazi law of November 24, 1933; a regulation against which Kurt Tucholsky himself had fought. The outcasts of society sit here without hope.
Generally prisons are places where people are being stored, exploited and oppressed. Society as a whole is reflected on the inside; here, it only gets violent a few degrees more.
Manifestations such as today’s demo in Hamburg act as a beacon and ignited spark. Not only within society in front of walls, but also behind these prison walls.
Let’s break the chains!
Red and Anarchist Skinhead (RASH)
Long-term prisoner, since 1996
Freiburg, December 2013.
This demonstration was called as a sign that the autonomous spectrum will never accept an eviction of the 24-year-long Rote Flora squat. However, the mobilization has had two other main reasons, too.
Gentrification in Hamburg, and other cities, is moving rapidly every day. In Hamburg’s district St. Pauli, the Senate wants to demolish the two Esso houses (named after the gas station on the main floor), home of over 100 people. Resistance within an initiative against the demolition of Esso houses has been diverse and strong.
The refugee struggle in Hamburg has been going on for many weeks (notes on the struggle here). Over 300 self-organized refugees keep fighting against the racial profiling and deportation threat. Numerous solidarity actions and demonstrations with thousands of participants, in solidarity with the Lampedusa refugee group, have taken place in Hamburg and beyond.
Now these struggles are coming together on the street for a large demonstration on the 21st of December 2013, to show that resistance against the Hamburg Senate politics can only intensify…
Shut down Fortress Europe! Right to stay for everyone!
No Border – No Nation!
Flyer in German here; call & flyer in English here: i, ii
If you’re planning to join the protest in Hamburg, and you need more info, please contact the Rote Flora squat at: flora-bleibt (at) nadir.org. If you’ll also need a place to sleep, please send an email to: schlafplatz2112 (at) riseup.net.
In Hamburg, the 8th Wednesday Lampedusa-demonstration had about 600 participants and started at dusk from the information tent at the central train station. The march went across the Mönckebergstraße to Jungfernstieg and then back. In the evening, 30 people took part in a spontaneous demonstration in the Schanzenviertel.
In Bremen, at noon, about 25 activists occupied the office of the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) for one hour in order to call attention to the situation of the refugees in Hamburg. In front of the office, passersby could see a banner giving information about the action and its reasons. November 2nd
In Bremen, nearly 200 people attended a solidarity demonstration in the downtown area of the city.
In Hamburg, at least 15,000 (organizers spoke of 25,000) people took part in a large demonstration under the slogan “Recognition for the Lampedusa group in Hamburg – now!” Additionally, “War, escape, deprivation of rights – enough is enough! Residence permits following Paragraph 23” (the German law that provides for residency to be granted to refugees) and “We are here to stay!” were written on the banners which the Lampedusa-refugees held in the first row of the demonstration. A wide variety of protesters (from refugees, anti-racist and antifascist groups, neighbourhood initiatives, autonomous and anarchist blocs, trade unionists, members of left-wing parties, and many others who are in solidarity with the refugees) took part in this strident demonstration, showing their indignation at racial profiling and deportations. Some of the affected refugees gave speeches from the sound-truck about the roots of their movement, their current situation and struggle. They underlined that they would not be separated, and that they would keep on struggling together, demanding a right to stay for the entire group; there cannot be any trust given to the responsible politicians, when the mayor and interior minister announce “you have no future here…” Continue reading Ongoing refugee struggle across Germany – “Still loving the right to stay”→
Nearly 50 activists gathered in front of Hamburg’s city hall to show their solidarity with refugees, while the Senate had a meeting inside. The activists displayed a banner reading “No one is illegal” and shouted slogans. After a short time police arrived and pushed the activists out of the so-called “no protest zone,” then gave them a restraining order for the location.
Later, the regular occurring Wednesday demonstration, which is self-organized by the refugees, had over 1,200 participants.
In Berlin, a demonstration of around 80 people for the right of refugees to remain was attacked by the police. The result was many injured people, one of whom was so severely injured that had to be brought to the hospital. As a response to this repression about 150 people assembled in the evening hours for a spontaneous demonstration, however the demonstration was quickly kettled by the cops. Outside of the kettle hundreds of people in numerous groups, both small and large, demonstrated on the nearby streets, some of them blocking a roundabout with building material from a nearby construction site. After the first demonstration was officially registered, and therefore authorized, police ended the kettle and the demonstration went on. More and more people joined the demonstration until there were more than a thousand people. During the march, small barricades were constructed and one Commerzbank was attacked. The second attempt of the police to stop short the demonstration failed, because the protesters were able to break away. At the police headquarters in Tempelhofer Damm the demonstration ended, however several hundred people remained until 2.30am to demand the release of the people who were detained earlier that day. There the police, once again, detained several demonstrators.
In the evening, a spontaneous demonstration around Hamburg’s Barmbecker station consisting of around 150 people was stopped and kettled by a large number of cops only a few minutes after it started. However a later demonstration in Schanzenviertel, which started at 9.30pm, was able to make it all the way to its endpoint and the cops only started their usual militaristic activity when the demonstration was already over.
In Dortmund, antifascists hung eight banners from bridges to express their solidarity with the refugees and their supporters.
In Hamburg at 8.30pm, directly after the FC St.Pauli home game, a demonstration organized by groups of FC St.Pauli supporters and other groups from the same district took place. During the football match many banners and a choreography in solidarity with refugees were displayed, and the fans invited the refugees to the football match. At the nearby Bunker, flares were lit up right after the game and 10,000 people marched from the stadium to the St.Pauli church, where the refugees currently live. Because of the fact that some of the refugees also participated in the demonstration, the demonstrators did not attack the police or make direct actions. The police were on the defensive, perhaps surprised to be confronted with many more people than they had expected. They only made laughable threats over loudspeakers that they would stop the demonstration because of the flares being lit up. At the same time activists occupied a big chimney in the Bleichstraße and unfurled a giant banner reading “No one is illegal.” Supporters of the action were attacked by the police with pepper-spray and batons, and two were detained. After the police twice cleared the street in front of the tower, they retreated until morning. Continue reading Refugee struggle in Hamburg and other parts of Germany→
Since the winter of 2012/2013, approximately 300 African refugees live in Hamburg. They managed to escape from Libya, migrated to Italy and then reached the German border. In May 2013 fighters of the group “Lampedusa in Hamburg,” recognized in Italy as refugees from the NATO-war in Libya, publicly stepped into action for the first time in Germany, in their struggle for free access to the labour market, housing, medical and social care, education and free choice of their residence within the European Union—legal rights which can always be granted, in contrast to the claims made by the Hamburg state minister of the Interior and the mayor. The Senate is only eager to provide temporary accommodation ahead of the cold winter if the refugees hand over their documents and agree to be deported. Recently, mayor Olaf Scholz of the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) even stated that Hamburg have the most modern refugee-politics in the country… In this very moment—while the agony for the latest deaths of migrants on Italy’s southernmost island Lampedusa is still fresh—the Hamburg government has unleashed a large-scale police operation also against these refugees, who survived the war and the flight to Lampedusa some time ago.
As reported earlier, in mid-October 2013 activists gave an ultimatum to the Senate of Hamburg to stop the racial profiling, but naturally there was no positive sign from the side of authorities. However, the city of Hamburg has not seen one quiet day ever since. The local forces were unable to cope with all of the actions over the past few days, thus police deployments have moved to Hamburg from other regions to their aid. There have been numerous activities and demonstrations in Hamburg and several other cities across Germany, and beyond. Below are some updates.
The group “Lampedusa in Hamburg” held their weekly march in the city, this time counting with the presence of 1,000 participants (next demo scheduled for Wednesday the 23rd of October). Another open letter of the refugees was addressed to the Senate of Hamburg —you may read it here.
– Small groups of activists blocked traffic along streets in the port area of Hamburg, while hundreds of cops conducted anti-refugee checks, mainly on the Reeperbahn; people in solidarity tried to resist and shouted slogans. A demonstration from Gänsemarkt square started at 7pm with 600 people (video). In addition, 300 other protesters took part in several demonstrations in Hamburg that night through Mönckebergstraße or the Karstadt mall. A few hundred people took to the streets also at Millerntor square, Schanze area and Eimsbüttel, where clashes with the police occurred. At 8pm, nearly 100 people blocked the Kennedy bridge. Repression forces were over-challenged by activities throughout the day.
– An anti-nationalist action was claimed in Frankfurt in solidarity with the “Lampedusa in Hamburg.”
– In Bielefeld almost 20 activists attacked several capitalist targets, such as profiteers from Europe war politics. Cops were unable to stop the action.
– An unauthorized demonstration of nearly 50 people took place in Vienna, Austria.
– Nearly 1,200 people participated in a demonstration that started from the Hamburg university. Several spontaneous demonstrations were held in the Schanze neighbourhood and around the Altona railway station. Members of the “Gezi Park Fiction” group, in St. Pauli, expressed their solidarity with the message: “Love real boat people – Hate maritime marketing” connecting the refugee protest with the anti-gentrification struggle. They also stated: “People from Lampedusa have enriched our lives for a few months now. They gave back to St. Pauli a sense of community and a sense of knowing that our right to the city doesn’t know nations or property; and surely no skin colour.”
– Some 10th grade pupils from a school in St. Pauli released an open petition to make their gym available for the refugees in winter.
– In the evening, around 80 people participated in an uncontrolled stroll from St. Pauli to the Schanze neighbourhood, passing out fliers to pedestrians, spraying graffiti and attacking banks and shops with stones and hammers. The stroll dispersed when cops arrived on the scene.
– A night dance-demonstration for affordable housing also showed solidarity with the refugees’ struggle (video).
– Racial profiling and migration controls were significantly reduced due to the fact that the police did not have enough forces to conduct those. Yet another round of small, spontaneous demonstrations took place allover Hamburg.
– Rostock saw the largest demonstration since the anti-G8 protest in 2007. More than 1,500 people hit the streets in solidarity with refugee fights.
– Nearly 200 people marched through the Rheinhausen area in Duisburg, where racial tensions against Roma accommodated in a shelter have existed for months.
– Approximately 500 people participated in a demonstration in Büren against the biggest German migrant prison. It’s been a long time since this annual demonstration had attracted so many participants.
– Some 50 people in solidarity with refugees held a spontaneous demonstration in Bamberg.
– A solidarity demonstration took place in Flensburg, too, with a total of 80 activists.
Repression practices increased rapidly in Hamburg on Sunday. A spontaneous demonstration of 200 people at Dammtor was kettled on different points of the route, and the crowd was forcibly evicted from the area. Cops detained demonstrators, and several participants were singled out and filmed by the police.
– People in solidarity with the refugees in Hamburg gathered in downtown Wuppertal. Approximately 70 participants carried out a spontaneous demonstration to the local office of the SPD. An open letter from this solidarity initiative was read and given to the SPD. Cops didn’t attempt to attack the demo.
– In the south of Leipzig nearly 60 people held an unauthorized march using fireworks and building barricades. Comrades tried to destroy an infamous surveillance camera at the Connewitzer Kreuz by placing burning trash bins underneath it.
– Spontaneous demonstrations took place in Hamburg once again, counting with a large presence of people. Streets were blocked by protesters, and oftentimes cops were too slow to intervene.
– There was an evening critical mass ride of 500 bicyclists in solidarity with Lampedusa refugees in Hamburg (video). Police vehicles drove after the bike demo. Shortly afterwards, Hamburg’s mayor Olaf Scholz (primarily responsible for the escalation of repression) gave a public speech to his loyal voters. Anti-racists mobilized to effectively disrupt the meeting. People inside the hall started to chant “No human being is illegal – A right to stay for everyone.” Few activists were reportedly detained during the action. Outside, their 500 supporters were blocking the traffic.
– Nearly 100 people held an evening solidarity demonstration at Frankfurt airport area.
Sadly fascist scum have been busy for the last few weeks, too. There have been arson attacks on houses for refugees in Gemünden and Wehr, while similar attacks occurred in Luckenwalde, Premnitz, Güstrow and Duisburg. Recently, the neo-Nazi party NPD (National Democratic Party of Germany) initiated a march with torches in Schneeberg with 1,500 participants. This presence also demonstrates the fact that parts of the middle class engage in openly racist activity. The situation brings back horrifying memories of pogroms against migrants in various parts of Germany in the early 90s.
Meanwhile, on the 20th of October, “activists against racism and deportations” released a call to action, stating among others that the right to stay for refugees will be decided in the streets, from all the people who practice their own forms of resistance, those who are blocking the deportation operation and disturb the repressive controls, those who open up new spaces for protest, all those who publicly declare their resistance again or for the first time…
Friday, 25.10: Call for demonstration in Hamburg (after the football match St. Pauli vs Sandhausen) by fans of the FC St. Pauli and district initiatives in solidarity with Lampedusa refugees
Saturday, 26.10: Demonstration from Rote Flora against police arbitrariness and racist controls in Hamburg / Demonstration against Frontex on the same day in Munich, under the slogan “Learn from Lampedusa – open migration routes!”
Saturday, 2.11: Solidarity demonstration for Lampedusa refugees in Hamburg —see flyer
Saturday, 21.12: Nationwide demonstration in Hamburg in solidarity with the Rote Flora squat, the Esso houses initiative, and for the right to permanence for refugees and everyone
The Hamburg Senate is responsible for racial profiling as part of a manhunt against Libyan refugees. It affects people who managed to get from Italy’s southernmost island Lampedusa to Hamburg, and are now facing state persecution. Governors have pushed the escalation to a higher level, and forced refugees to report themselves at authorities until Wednesday, October 16th. This step is in fact a preparation for their deportation, because the German law and the “Fortress Europe” treaty (the Dublin II Regulation, which the local authorities are able to put into place) do not allow them to stay in Germany.
After an ultimatum from the Senate to refugees, “activists for the right to stay, instead of repression and racial profiling” responded with their own ultimatum to the Senate to stop the manhunt against refugees. The plan was to hit the streets and gather in the Achidi-John-Square (near the Rote Flora squat) when the ultimatum would end on Tuesday the 15th at 8pm.
The sacrifice of resistance which doesn’t include militant forms of action has become obsolete in view of the latest developments. The activist proclamation reads that “a point is reached where, in the future, every kind of protest needs to take to the streets… Every protest is fair and useful to stop the power politics of the Senate.” People in solidarity with migrants reassured the Senate that “there won’t be quiet days,” in the hope that more people would get active. Furthermore, they have urged people to make spontaneous demonstrations and take own initiatives.
Let’s show solidarity! No more quiet days for racism and repression. Stop the racial profiling. Right to stay for everyone!
Due to further control checks by authorities, a demonstration was called from different sides for the 15th of October to begin by 8pm from the Rote Flora squat. Already the previous day, it was confirmed that the position of the Senate is to hold onto racist controls and maintain the line that refugees from Lampedusa stand no chance of getting any help or roof over their head. The checks will continue to take place with the aim to deport as many refugees as soon as possible… Meanwhile, some months ago, the Church provided one single local “church asylum” for 80 refugees.
Footage from October 15th, 2013 at circa 18.25 (local time):
– The Senate of Hamburg doesn’t move back. A “political solution” for refugees seems impossible.
– Cops raided a safe-place of refugees in the St. Georg district of Hamburg. The refugees weren’t allowed to have access to their belongings.
– The police increased their presence at several points in Hamburg all day long, controlling people who looked “suspicious.”
– The large evening demonstration was massively attacked after five minutes by the cops (with water cannons, tear gases, cavalry division, brutal kicking and beatings). A lot of people were encircled. Protesters had to move into back-streets, where they were attacked by even more repression forces. The demo was split in two parts. As a result, many smaller activities developed.
– It was estimated that 2,000 people participated in street protests. Until late hours of October 15th, several spontaneous demonstrations took place throughout Hamburg. A march of few hundred people at Weidenallee was later formed; cops unleashed attack with batons and pepper spray. Water cannons and cops on horses appeared in the back of the protest. At the same time, the German Press did not miss out on the chance to portray demonstrators as “criminals,” and reported nothing about police violence.
– While some of the spontaneous marches were also blocked and kettled by the police after few meters, the heavy police presence did not manage to stop protest everywhere in the city. Plenty of activists confronted cops directly in the streets; fireworks were used; during clashes on a crossroad, materials of a construction site were placed all over the street, etc.
– Nearly 250 people moved successfully in Altona neighbourhood for several hours; this protest ended by 11pm in front of Rote Flora. While demonstrators walked through the Schanzenviertel and Altona, solidarity was also expressed at the opening of the Hamburg International Queer Film Festival, where participants stated that fighting for lesbian-gay-transgender-queer rights always requires solidarity with other victims of repression. Additionally, a banner was unfurled there, which read: “Lampedusa in Hamburg – They are here to stay – No human being is illegal!”
On the 16th of October:
– In the early hours of Wednesday, the district court in Flensburg was attacked with paint, and the slogan “Stop racial profiling” was sprayed on the building.
– An evening demonstration of the Lampedusa group in Hamburg was planned for the 16th; more than a thousand joined this call. Meanwhile, more racist controls were conducted in St. Pauli and St. Georg districts and at least one refugee got arrested on Reeperbahn (in the red light district of Hamburg).
– Unauthorized evening demonstration of nearly 500 people in Berlin was held in solidarity with refugees in Hamburg. Two police cars were smashed and several roads blocked with construction materials.
– Around 40 people participated in a spontaneous evening march in the streets of Hannover. Flyers reading “Lampedusa is everywhere!” were shared out to passers-by with information about the struggle in Hamburg. The demonstration dispersed shortly after repression forces arrived.
– During the night of Wednesday to Thursday, activists attacked a local office of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in Frankfurt am Main, in solidarity with sans papiers in Hamburg and everywhere. Windows and doors were destroyed. In the responsibility claim it is also mentioned that party officials like the Hamburg SPD mayor Olaf Scholz are responsible for the current policy against refugees, a policy that segregates and incriminates people because of their background, history or skin colour. As far as these matters are concerned, the SPD in Hamburg is no different than the Frankfurt SPD; hence their attack was directed against the entire party and anyone who supports this racist policy.
Friday, 18.10: Supporters of the war refugees from Libya call for an afternoon rally in Bielefeld, “for borderless solidarity instead of confined nationalism”
Saturday, 19.10: Demonstrations in solidarity with refugees, and against deportation prisons, in the cities of Rostock (“Refugees Welcome!”) and Büren, and across Germany – Antiracist protest on the same day in Duisburg, against mental burning and exclusion
Saturday, 26.10: Demonstration from Rote Flora against police arbitrariness and racist controls in Hamburg
Saturday, 2.11: Nationwide solidarity demonstration for Lampedusa refugees in Hamburg
Every October 2nd, Mexico City commemorates the massacre of students in diverse levels of education in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas (“Square of the Three Cultures”) of Tlatelolco neighbourhood, ten days before the 1968 Summer Olympics. This year’s march took place against the backdrop of several recent anarchist interventions in a variety of social protests; this occasion was no exception.
The march was composed of various different movements, but mainly by blocs of students, workers and academics from the most representative universities in the territory controlled by the Mexican State (such as UNAM, IPN and UAM, among others). It is worth noting that along the whole route as of several years ago are hundreds of surveillance cameras put there “for the citizen’s security,” and as always these situations are proof of the use of CCTV as a means to fulfill their biopolitics of discipline and punish. The demonstration was “going well” from the starting point in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas at Tlatelolco, until it reached the top of the Reforma Avenue and Bucarelli Street, where the police began to divide the immense contingent. This was done at the exact point where the presence of anarchist comrades terminated; the police attack was carried out by anti-riot squadrons backed up by the mounted police (who usually force the horses to rush and attack the crowds). Among others gas-bombs were detonated by the police, and fire-bombs were thrown by protesters. For the most part, anarchists and other rebels went on the offensive, while anti-riot cops also carried long-range weapons. The Reforma Avenue, which is a main arterial street, was totally packed by cops, particularly at the intersection with Bucarelli Street (considering this is a roundabout, in order to realize such a repression operation the police presence must have been for far more than what was officially mentioned by the Mexico City police chief).
Once the march was divided, those who came from behind paused as the police advanced to kettle the anarchist contingent (along with others who were on that side of the activity) at the Monument to the Revolution, in Republic Square. The streets surrounding the square were closed in order to prevent the main part of the march from reaching the area in potential aid of the people there. In the head of this split of the rally (not where the anarchists were) the police also closed the road to the Zócalo, main square of the historic centre, and also put drones with in the air to film and take photos of protesters in that part of the demo, focusing to those who had covered their faces (and some hooded ones who were split from rest of the black bloc, but weren’t captured by the cops). This part of the crowd tried to enter the Republic Square, but the routes were blocked. Meanwhile, as some comrades reported, many detentions and injuries occurred in the clash, and they still continued to be attacked by cops at the Monument.
Then, the section of the demonstration relegated to the Reforma Avenue tried to gain access to the Monument to the Revolution, but the organizers themselves insisted that there were too many cops to allow the march to enter the area (the reformists never thought to counterattack, and comrades who were still spread amongst the diverse crowd were too few to break the police lines on their own), and therefore decided to continue the route along the Reforma Avenue to arrive at the “Angel of Independence”, leaving the anarchist comrades in the hands of repression nearby the Monument to the Revolution. All this happened around 6pm local time and in approximately 45 minutes to one hour.
At 7.15pm, people in solidarity reported that the black bloc weren’t seen on the way to the “Angel of Independence,” and that all the routes of entry to the Monument to the Revolution continued to be blocked; given this, they understood repression continued and the police intended to detain all of the comrades who were trapped in that area. At 8pm, it was estimated that approximately 50 protesters were detained as they were transported in police bus. Comrades from the Anarchist Black Cross were already on their way to a police station in search and aid of detainees. At approximately 10.30pm, solidarians reported that several comrades who were in the University City (UNAM’s main campus) were taken by the police and that their whereabouts were still unknown. So the ABC continued to search for detainees at various police stations, and solidarity actions were immediately planned for the next days, demanding the liberation of all hostages.
Some of the captives of October 2nd have been released on bail, but there are still people behind bars. Constant updates on arrested comrades here by Mexico ABC.
According to first reports, there were huge police raids on eight house projects and apartments in Berlin, including the Rigaer 94, this morning (14/8). The cops are supposedly looking for people responsible for attacks on various job centers (‘welfare offices’) as well as a recent molotov attack against police, who were conducting a drug raid in Köttbusser Tor during a solidarity demonstration for the revolt in Turkey. More news as it comes…
This morning, August 14th, 2013, cops raided several apartments in the Mitte, Kreuzberg and Neukölln neighbourhoods of Berlin.
In Friedrichshain the police deployed a riot squad, along with special task force troops to invade the house project Rigaer Straße 94 [whose front building was already stormed by cops on August 2nd].
The pretext for these raids were actions against several branches of the Job Center that took place in Berlin on May 2nd, as well as a solidarity action with the people revolting in Turkey after the eviction of Gezi Park in Istanbul.
Meanwhile everyone is asked to gather today, 14/8, at 20.00 for an unregistered demonstration, at Spreewaldplatz in Kreuzberg.
Our passion for freedom is stronger than any authority!
Today, just after 6am, several police units (13th unit of riot cops, technical units, LKA and the special forces unit) stormed our house and carried out a raid, and served two search warrants. The cops used an angle grinder to break down our doors, all the rooms of the house were entered and all occupants were detained for 6 hours.
Astoundingly, this time around they restrained themselves from completely ransacking the house. One room was searched in relation to an act of solidarity with the uprisings in Turkey (an attempted murder charge) and a further room was searched in relation to attacks against exploitation, wage slavery and the craze for work (a charge for arson of a job center).
One of the accused was forced to give his DNA. The cops were sniffing around a lot, on their own, but also putting to work dogs trained to sniff out explosives and flammable materials. Additionally, they occupied our roof with a helicopter and special forces unit (SEK).
At the same time as the raid on our house, they were attacking and searching other projects, living communities, and the apartments of comrades. Around 12.30pm the cops disappeared from our house again, but not before repairing our doors with an astounding amount of effort (and not in the most clever or efficient of ways). Before they left our house they took a bunch of old rubbish from our attic along with the house’s x-box (which we demand back) — perhaps they were trying to prevent us from, on countless nights, destroying the city in Grand Theft Auto.
Jokes aside, we are fucking pissed off, we hate you, and none of you are welcome! We see this not as an attack on our projects only, and not due solely to our refusal of this whole rotten piece of shit of a system, but also as an attack on all autonomous, self-managed and collective life that is the antithesis to the alienation and isolation of capitalism.
At 8pm there will be a spontaneous demonstration from Spreewaldplatz through X-berg.
This demo will not be legalized! We will be there 14.8.2013 – you will remember! A.C.A.B!
On July 25th, 2013 a march for decriminalization of abortion took place in the City of Santiago. Chile is one of the countries where abortions are banned in all circumstances. Consequentially, women are jailed for abortions, and others die having back-alley abortions.
The march was called for 7pm in Plaza Italia, and at 6pm the metropolitan administration decided to deny the permit that had been issued for the route up the Alameda avenue on the north side to Paseo Bulnes. So the pigs shoved individuals all along the route, trying to clear the northbound lanes of the Alameda. They cut off the route at Paseo Ahumada. There the march stopped, and the police started to clear the lanes so that the buses and cars could pass. They violently shoved the demonstrators, who tried to block the Alameda and shouted slogans — for abortion, against the cops, and to keep going up the Alameda.
After an intense struggle, everyone realized that it was no use, and decided to go up Paseo Ahumada toward the cathedral, in the Plaza de Armas. Arriving suddenly in the square, the demonstrators entered the cathedral during mass. Whistling and yelling slogans (“Keep your rosaries off our ovaries”, among others) they tried to overwhelm the microphone. They painted some slogans inside the cathedral and flipped wooden pews, even pulling a few out of the church.
At that moment the pigs started to attack the people outside the cathedral — the guanaco (an armored car mounted with water cannon) started to blast water, and a few individuals were caught (the exact number of detainees is not confirmed). Meanwhile, the people leaving the cathedral started to run into the surrounding streets, because the area was starting to fill up with cops on motorbikes, with a few guanacos and zorrillos (armored vehicles mounted with gas launchers), and police cars. It was time to go, and the small confrontations ended with everyone taking their own routes home — happy, at least, to have disrupted the mass, one small and symbolic attack and rejection of religion.
On the 4th of June an unauthorized anarchist rally took place at the Katharinentreppen, just opposite the main railway station of Dortmund, and a spontaneous demonstration followed on the city’s central commercial street, Westenhellweg.
Around 80 participants were gathered at the rally, which began at 7pm according to schedule. Three militant speeches were read out: the first was the text of a flyer that was given out to hundreds of passers-by during the demo; the second speech did not only mention the riots and police violence in Turkey, but made reference also to the repression during the Blockupy-protests in Frankfurt (a few days ago); the last contribution dealt generally with riots and indicated the possibilities of anarchist activity, making it also clear that violence primarily emanates from the domination and not the rioters. We consciously decided to carry out this action without a loudspeaker truck, in order to be more flexible in case of police attack, and to generate a different combative spirit.
It is also encouraging for us that only one Turkish national flag as well as two flags of the Pirate Party appeared during the gathering, but were not carried during the spontaneous demonstration. After the reading of speeches, the participants decided to take their solidarity to the streets of downtown Dortmund, and a loud demonstration of nearly 70 people, unauthorized and without police presence, reached the Reinolidkirche.
Fliers were passed out and slogans were chanted, such as ‘İsyan, Devrim, Anarşi (Revolt, Revolution, Anarchy)’, ‘Amore, Anarchia, Autonomia (Love, Anarchy, Autonomy)’, ‘Istanbul, das war Mord; Wiederstand an jedem Ort (Istanbul: that was murder; resistance everywhere)’, ‘No Justice, No Peace, Fight the Police,’ and ‘Taksim ist überall, Taksim ist hier (Taksim is everywhere, Taksim is here)’.
Even for a while, the march breached the capitalist normality in the commercialized city centre of Dortmund, and several people showed positive reaction to the demo, which ended at the Reinoldikirche. As the comrades dispersed, police car lights could be seen from a distance down the Westenhellweg. In the following minutes tens of patrol cars drove through the city centre, looking for suspicious people. To our knowledge, only a few persons were stopped by police for ID checks hundreds of meters away, in the park north of the railway station.
We consider this rally and demonstration a big success. In Dortmund especially — where everything viewed even remotely as ‘radical-left’ is being suppressed by all means — we managed to ‘do our own thing’; with self-determination and no cops around. It’s been a long time since an anarchist/radical-left demo took place so unmolested. We hope that we have set a signal, not just of solidarity with the struggling people in Turkey but also locally in Dortmund. We are aware that this success was only made possible due to total failure of the police. However, we are optimistic that there can be a self-confident culture of demonstrations in the future, and that the anarchist movement in the Ruhr region will gain more strength.
For more self-determined actions! Be unpredictable for the repression organs!
Freedom to all prisoners in Turkey! Keep the revolt going!
İsyan, Devrim, Anarşi! Revolt, Revolution, Anarchy!
The third annual celebration of the street resistance party Tanz Dich Frei (‘dance yourself free’) in the Swiss city of Bern ended with large-scale clashes among hooded street fighters and police forces.
Thousands of people marched dancing toward the local parliament, where the clashes broke out. Rebel youths attacked more than 70 commercial shops and were involved in street fighting, throwing stones, bottles, flares and various objects against the cops.
The pigs say they have arrested more than 60 persons, but there are no updates as of yet regarding the state of arrestees or charges they may face. If you have info from the streets, please contribute.
The apparent social peace in the helvetic metropolis was beautifully shattered. Solidarity with all those who do not bow their head, and fight back even in the belly of the beast!
Antifascist – anti-repression
Against state and parastatal attacks. In opposition to fascism which wants us slaves and cheap at work, at heart and in mind. Solidarity to squats and self-organized spaces.
Saturday, January 26th, 2013, 12.00pm, Central Square (Xanthi) Open Social Space Xanadu located on Spartis & Zalacha streets in the neighbourhood of Samakov in Xanthi
The demo is also supported by other comrades and collectives such as the Resistance Initiative, the Initiative Against Homophobia, the Autonomo Steki (Autonomous Hangout) of Xanthi. All posters can be found here.
In Agrinio, approximately 350 school students held a commemorative demonstration for Alexis Grigoropoulos, who was shot dead by cops on December 6th, 2008.
When the anti-repression march reached the city hall, the youths stormed the DIAS police motorcycle team that guarded the building. Firebombs and stones were thrown at the terrified police scum, who were hiding behind a kiosk.
Soon thereafter, the students fought cops of the OPKE group of crime prevention and suppression in the area of Syntrivani (Fountain). Head-to-head clashes broke out between demonstrators and anti-riot squadrons in Dimadi square, where the police attempted to surround the location.
Bystanders were cursing at the cops, who did not hesitate to fire tear gases on several commercial stores and the city’s market. It has to be noted that one police officer pulled his gun against students, with some passersby around him booing.
Two snitches-reporters tried to approach the demo and take video footage at close range, but were beaten by protesters on the spot. Also, the mayor’s vehicle was attacked.
There has been no arrest or detention in Agrinio so far. However, during morning mobilizations in other Greek cities, cops have reportedly detained many protesters.
Most people across Greece will take to the streets later this evening to commemorate the death of 15-year-old Alexandros.
Nearly 150 protesters participated in the evening demonstration that was called by the Antifascist Initiative of Mytilini on June 1st, in the major city of Lesvos Island. Many texts were shared out, including flyposting, antifascist slogans were chanted, while walls were painted with graffiti and stencils along the route. There was no threat from cops or neo-Nazis during the protest march.
The demo had also a wider counter-informative character. Comrades have spread some facts about the recent (and ongoing) repressive wave and pretrial incarcerations against anarchists in Istanbul, in relation to the May Day protests, through the dissemination of an open letter from anarchist prisoners to the public (here), translated in Greek by “Squat in Mpineio” (here). Comrades threw related fliers along the demo route to make passersby aware of this case, thus demonstrating their solidarity with imprisoned and prosecuted anarchists in Turkey.
In addition, leaflets were shared out in solidarity with three anarchists in Athens who are threatened with completely unsustained prosecutions, in relation to the death of three bank employees in the Marfin bank branch on May 5th, 2010. Last year, in April 29th, 2011, the same three anarchists were kidnapped by cops and detained, but they were never officially charged, so they were released. Nevertheless, the “investigation” has not yet ceased.
The State/Capital takes revenge on anarchists; let’s take revenge on the State/Capital everywhere.
On Saturday, March 3rd, by 20.00 (MEZ) the occupied building squatted on Deutz-Mülheim Street was surrounded by a giant police force with martial equipment. Nearly 20 squatters were under siege by approximately 100 armed cops, aided from earlier in the evening by police helicopter, 25 police buses, a fire brigade unit, which provided lights for the operation, etc. Given the enormous pressure and continuous threats of violence, the squatters finally stepped out of the house all together and were detained, so the place was evicted and the entire area was sealed. All personal details were recorded; all detainees were searched at the police station (including the minors, who were forced to strip naked, without their parents being informed about the arrests). The detainees were locked up in separate cells, but all of them refused to give fingerprints. The last squatters were released at about 04.00 in the morning, when people in solidarity were finally able to take all imprisoned activists in their arms.
On the same day (3/3) in Münster a Nazi rally took place. Although specific circumstances are yet unverified, an antifascist counter-protester from Cologne was beaten savagely by cops. The comrade was attacked by the State’s forces during a rather calm situation at the time, and even when he lay on the ground, the murderers hit him several times on the head with their elbows and boots (with steel inside). Several of his teeth lay on the street while his face was covered in blood. He was reportedly hospitalized in intensive care unit, being unconscious and in life-threatening condition for several hours.
After this sequence of events, a demo against repression (beatings at demonstrations, evictions, incarcerations, nuclear power, discrimination against immigrants, etc.) has been called for March 5th, at 19.00 in Rudolfplatz, Cologne. Join the anti-repression protest on Monday!