Radikal: German State tries to forbid left-wing newspaper. Urgent action needed. (fwd)

marta rodriguez (rmarta@world.std.com)
Sat, 14 Sep 1996 21:16:55 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: 3 Sep 1996 18:33:02 GMT
From: SPG <tank@xs4all.nl>
Newsgroups: misc.activism.progressive
Subject: Radikal: German State tries to forbid left-wing newspaper. Urgent action needed.
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Today 2-9-1996, our ISP XS4ALL got a phonecall that the German
Authorities are planning to force German Internet Providers to
shutdown all traffic from and to XS4ALL. This because of the
Radikal-pages on the xs4all WWW-server.
We are calling for people to mirror this site. Our goal is that in
the shortest possible time Germany will cut off all IP-traffic
comming from and going to all other countries (We aim to make
Germany cut off all IP-traffic in the shortest possible time), so that
they will isolate and senzor their own "digital highway". Help
germany to isolate itself. Download a copy of this site
and make a mirror.


We, Solidaritygroup with Political Prisoners, have started this site
after the attack from the german goverment in summer'95 in solidarity
with the people who were jailed after a brutal raid then, and because
we find it important that the Radikal can be distributed without
(german) gouvernement interverance.

Attached is a letter of Felipe, chairman of XS4ALL, and a short
text taken of a statement by some Radikal groups where they tell
what the Radikal is.

SPG-Amsterdam (2nd september 1996)


First reaction of Felipe, chairman of XS4ALL:
Date: Monday, 02-Sep-96 01:15 PM
From: Felipe Rodriquez
Subject: Radikal website(http://www.xs4all.nl/~tank/radikal/index.htm)
forbidden in Germany

Today XS4ALL heard from a colleague provider in Germany that soon the
access to XS4ALL will be closed for german internet users. This is
of the webpages of the magazine 'Radikal' that are on XS4ALL.


This magazine is illegal in Germany because so-called TERRORISTS are
to be part of the organisation and because the magazine is said to be
calling for radical actions against the german gouvernment.

The only way for them to block access to this site, is to block out
completely, we expect this to take place shortly.

Xs4all is not planning to ask Radikal to find another provider, neither
from the Dutch gouvernment nor from the German gouvernment have there
formal requests towards Xs4all.

People who feel the need to donate webspace to Radikal can contact
tank@xs4all.nl, spreading the information makes it harder to block
specific sites such as xs4all.


This is a E-mail from the db-nl mailing list, sent by Felipe Rodriguez,
chairman of xs4all.nl


Who We Are -- part of the statement by some radikal groups-- summer 1995

We produce and distribute a magazine. A magazine which, in a
time of state control and self-censorship, is a forum for a
discussion of street militancy and armed struggle. Of course, we
aren't "neutral" in this discussion. We fundamentally reject the
notion that the state has a monopoly on the legitimate use of
force. The existing social conditions can only be changed if
left-radical groups and associations build up their abilities and
structures so as to be able to counter some of these effects even
today. This, of course, includes militant and armed intervention,
but these would be empty gestures if there wasn't also some sort
of linkage or means of conveying their message. Of course, we are
very happy when militant anti-fascist initiatives disrupt Nazi
meetings. So we also see one of our functions as exposing fascist
structures so as to make both old and new Nazis attackable, and
we think this is one very important aspect of anti-fascist work.
Of course, it would have been awesome if the cover of our
next issue had had a big picture of the new deportation prison in
Berlin-Grunau reduced to rubble. All people who seek to intervene
and oppose Germany's refugee policies would have been overjoyed
at this disruption of the state's deportation machinery. A
radical-left which takes the past 25 years of its history
seriously must discuss the successes and failures of the various
armed and militant groups, such as the RAF, the 2nd of June
Movement, the Revolutionary Cells, and militant autonomist
groups, and it must draw consequences for the future from this
In order that we don't just keep looking back at our
history, but rather so that we keep up to date with actual
developments, it's important that we be active in current
anti-fascist initiatives or, for example, discuss the politics of
the AIZ, of whom we are very critical. We must continually fight
for the necessary space to carry out such discussions and defend
ourselves from state attacks. Radikal tries to do jut that, no
more, no less. We try to make it possible for various structures
to have a means of being heard on a regular basis. It's seem like
we're stating the obvious when we say that the cop attacks on
Radikal are, at the same time, a criminalization of other leftist
structures which provide this necessary space, like infoshops and
other magazines for example.
The present attacks on us, however, are qualitatively
different than past repressive campaigns for two fundamental
reasons. Firstly, we have now been declared a "criminal
organization", and secondly, it has now been stated that Radikal
has "entirely criminal content". A look back at the last few
issues, therefore, will reveal what criminal means: new
anti-racist street names in Braunschweig, articles on nationalism
and the liberation struggle in Kurdistan, an analysis of the
history of patriarchal gender divisions, an appeal from
non-commercial radio stations, debates about leftist campaigns
surrounding the May 8th commemorations...that's criminal content?
Before, the authorities used to point out specific articles which
"supported a terrorist organization" so as to criminalize them,.
Now the cops don't want to go through all that trouble so they
have just called the entire project a "criminal organization",
therefore the content must be criminal, too. But it's the mixture
of theory and actual attacks, discussion and practical tips,
which makes Radikal so interesting to read for so many people.
And we value this mixture. Radikal aims to mobilize people to
oppose Nazis and to stop the Castor nuclear waste shipments,
while at the same time giving information about debates on
anti-nationalism or the background of the origins of capitalist
and patriarchal social structures. What's more, it should offer
space for people from even the most remote corners of Germany to
discuss their actions or their difficulties, things which have
been ignored for far too long by a jaded left fixated on the
metropoles. The federal police have called this mixture criminal.
If you listen to what the cops say about all of this, it
sounds like some sort of cheesy novel. We are supposedly
organized in a "highly conspiratorial manner" with "fixed
organizational structures". It seems that really banal things are
actually dangerous. Anyone who produces a magazine needs "fixed
organizational structures", they need to sit down together and
talk about what should go into the next issue and how to
distribute the magazine, mail out subscriptions, write articles,
answer letters from readers, and so on and so forth. The only
difference between us and normal, legal magazines is the fact
that we have removed ourselves from state control, out of the
reach of the censorship authorities. Over the years, we have
built up an organizational structure which allows us to
distribute a relatively high number of magazines nation-wide, by
radical-left standards that is. As with other groups who seek to
build up open or hidden structures, we are subject to state
repression. From their point of view, the BAW had good reason to
act now, since all their previous actions against us had been
fruitless. Radikal kept being published, and there was nothing
they could do about it
In 1982, about 20 homes, bookstores, and printing shops were
raided in an attempt to prosecute Radikal for "supporting a
terrorist organization". In 1984, 2 supposed editors of the paper
were sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, but they avoided going
to the slammer by getting elected to the European Parliament for
the Greens. In 1991, the federal prosecutor exchanged the jail
terms for a fine. The next step came in 1986, when Radikal was
already organized underground. Now, 100 homes and shops were
raided by the cops. Nearly 200 court cases were opened, and in
the end 5 people were given suspended sentences of 4-10 months.
The wave of repression in 1986 - in addition to the obvious aims
of scaring people and just being repressive - had one major aim,
namely to drive Radikal out of the public realm and to lessen its
effectiveness. But that didn't succeed. Despite the fact that
several book stores, most of which dated back to Radikal's legal
days, backed out on us and left us with heavy debts, work on
Radikal and its distribution became much more decentralized. A
network of groups and individuals took up responsibility for the
magazine, based on their conditions. In 1989, the state
authorities went into action one more time after ID-Verlag in
Amsterdam published an interview with us as a brochure.<P>
The latest moves by the BAW have again made it clear that
claims by the mainstream media and left-liberals concerning armed
groups - "Your attacks make it possible for the state to turn the
screws of repression even tighter!" - are total crap. Even the
cease-fire from the guerrilla did not open up any "new levels of
social debate". The defenders of law and order are continuing to
act against left-radical groups, who are all equally defined as
dangerous, and these are attacked at the same high level.
4 people are now in prison! (remember, this statement is from
summer 1996 - all 4 people are released in dec. 1996)We can't just
forget that fact.
In any case, that's why we'd like to call for exchange and
communication with the solidarity groups. The charges against the
4 are as follows: They produced and distributed Radikal. But who
actually "produces" Radikal? Those people who send in reports of
antifa actions, or is it those people that take 10 copies and
give them to their friends to read, or maybe it's those people
that write a few articles and do some lay-out, or maybe it's the
people that see to it that a few copies get into the prisons? Or
maybe the BAW thinks it's those people that discuss for weeks on
end which articles should go in the next issue of Radikal? Or is
the ones who stand for long hours behind the printing presses?
We're not really sure who exactly the cops are referring to
when they talk about Radikal, but we know they really mean all of
us! All people who see the continued need for radical-left
structures for discussion and communication, away from state
control and the apparatus of repression. And all people who
recognize the need for women and men to become organized to avoid
being swallowed up by capitalist and patriarchal reality. That's
why it's the task for all of us to not accept this attack nor to
let it go unanswered.

We need an uncontrollable resistance media!
Read, use, distribute, and stay Radikal!
Powerful greetings to Rainer, Ralf, Werner, and Andreas!
Free the prisoners!
The teeth will show whose mouth is open!

some Radikal groups - Summer 1995

translation: Arm The Spirit