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(en) Norway, Motmakt : See you in Fredrikstad! by Adrien W the5 [machine translation]

Date Sun, 9 Jul 2017 20:20:57 +0300


Police have banned all demonstrations in Fredrikstad on July 29. This decision comes after a number of attempts by the police to divide those of us who have mobilized against the Nordic Resistance (NMB) in recent months. We can not in good conscience obey this ban and will continue to be collected in Fredrikstad. ---- The police gave in May terrorist group The Nordic Resistance permission to spread hated his in Fredrikstad, under the slogan 'crush the homosexual lobby. " The license was granted despite the fact that the police have plenty of both legal means and moral reasons to deny the Nazi demonstration. ---- The response was not long in coming. After a short time was both a party and an anti-fascist blockade initiatives in full swing. Both initiatives mobilized a wide range of interest groups and unions.

We gather because we know that the space Nazis takes the place others lose. NMBS activity has previously closed the Jewish Center and canceled one diversity parade. We gather because we know that if the Nazis successfully held the first public march of twenty years, this will be a demonstration of power that will open the doors for increased activity and more victims of hate crimes. We gather because we know that the Nazis will exist even after the 29th July and we want them to be the weakest possible. Police in Fredrikstad does not seem to understand this.

Police behavior towards both us and the separate festival initiative has been mildly reprehensible. Faced blockade initiative tried to intimidate police affiliates to withdraw by calling them to blacken some of the organizations that dangerous.

These tactics have largely failed, for the reason that the wide gap police believe that exist between the so-called "serious" and "extremist" activists simply do not exist. Several organizations already cooperate in other areas. The organizational and personal relationships we built through years of activism has made it difficult for the police to divide us. We know each other too well. All initiatives taken in Fredrikstad is mobilized wide. Everyone involved knows that any violence would hurt both the established organizations that are dependent on the endorsement and legitimacy, and the radical organizations that are dependent on the confidence for further cooperation. It is in other words not in anyone's interests that it degenerates into violence. Our desire is to have a blockade that everyone opposes Nazism, and who want the Nazis getting a clear message that they are not wanted in Fredrikstad can attend. We believe that the police know.

So what about the folk festival initiative? Where is the Fredrikstad municipality in the planning, and the goal is a festival where people gather and celebrate diversity. Our blockade initiative is a civil disobedience action. It is in action nature that it does not take place on police premises, but the police can not possibly have anything against a folk festival?

Joda. Several of the organizers of the folk festival should have been summoned to meet with the police one by one. There they will be sitting with three constables on the other side of the table. During these meetings, the police allegedly tried to push the organizers to cancel or postpone the folk festival. Organizers were presented to the horror scenarios that police claimed that would be the organizer's responsibility if the folk festival was held as planned. Fortunately also the organizers of the folk festival held sway.
Now that fear-mongering has failed, the police resorted to coercion. Police have decided that whether or not the Nazis to have spread hatred, so shall no others spread the love - it is a total ban on demonstrations in Fredrikstad on July 29.
We believe that we are not any safer if we let the police subduing us and juxtapose us with a Nazi terrorist group. That we stay at home on July 29 will be a victory for the Nazis and good motivation to new attempts Nazi marches in the future.
We would of course wish that we had a police force that saw a difference between love and hate. That does not equated those who work for diversity and equality and those working for discrimination commit hate crimes. It has thus far not, but we will not let us stop.

The struggle for a free and diverse Fredrikstad is too important that we give ourselves.

See you in Fredrikstad on July 29!

https://motmakt.no/aktuelt/vi-ses-i-fredrikstad
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