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(en) Germany, FDA-IFA , Nigra: To echo the demo against the meeting of the racists from the AfD in Offenburg (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 22 Mar 2023 07:29:22 +0200

"People are dying and you are silent, windows are rattling and you are screaming": This is what it feels like to read the local press after March 4th. ---- The facade of the Oberrheinhalle and the asphalt in front of it received a few red dabs of paint, banners were knotted together, the demo started a quarter of an hour too early, the traffic wasn't regulated yet...ridiculous excuses to publicly use the cops' violence against the to justify antifa demo. ---- Of course, from the point of view of the authorities, paint bags against a facade are property damage. The knotting of the banners was a violation of the requirements for the demo. The bulls felt provoked by the demo starting too early. There wasn't much going on on the street, otherwise the demo wouldn't have been able to turn onto it without problems. The violence started when the cops tried to stop the demo no matter what. Instead of spontaneously reacting to the situation in a meaningful way, namely doing their shitty job, i.e. directing the traffic, they decided to let the stick out of the bag and do what we have seen so many times before. Only now did the people from the demo defend themselves against the tonfa hits and combat boot kicks on their shins. This is also confirmed by an article in Die Zeit.

But actually I think this "Who started it" - "You!", "No, you!" - for little purposeful. I think it's perfectly legitimate to paint a place where fascists gather and agitate against people who think differently. I think it's perfectly fine for people to choose when to start a demo. I think we should shit on demos and decide for ourselves whether to tie transpies together, use pyro and smoke pots, dress in black and mask up. And yes, I know that in reality this is not easy or even impossible, especially in a small town like Offenburg, but I still think it's the right thing to do. Demo editions only serve one purpose: to control us, to harass us and, in case of doubt, to ban us from a demo. We don't stand a chance in this game of law and order, where the rules are made by those in power and enforced by a militarized police force. That's why it's right to try to demonstrate in a self-determined way, even if we break their rules.

In the last three years, hundreds of demos of the so-called lateral thinkers and walkers have taken place across Germany. Also in Ortenau and in Offenburg, also in the village where I live. Despite the initially very dangerous pandemic situation and corresponding bans on demos, they were allowed to march undisturbed - repeatedly to the applause of the cops and with the goodwill of politicians* - and cheerfully infect themselves and others with Covid 19, put the Holocaust into perspective and threaten people . There was e.g. B. Swear demos without masks, against which Antifas protested with masks. The cops took action against Antifas. This obvious unequal treatment is glaringly obvious and one may ask oneself what is behind it. I don't necessarily see this as taking sides with the Schurblers, but very much as a rejection of the anti-fascist movement. And that's not new. I've experienced situations similar to March 4th countless times over the past 30 years and I shouldn't have been bothered by it by now, but it still isn't. It pisses me off that people who live anti-fascism and take it as a basis for their political actions are oppressed and punished.

The Afd drives the other parties in front of it and repeatedly manages to get them to adopt their language and meet their demands for fear of losing votes to the right. Refugees drown in the Mediterranean every day, are pushed back illegally by Frontex and Co. and are deprived of their right to asylum. People are deported daily to their "countries of origin" and to death. Again and again - 78 years after the end of the Third Reich - there are fascist attacks in the country of the perpetrators and the keywords are the AfD and other Nazis. On March 4th and 5th, the AfD worked on new keywords for their vicarious agents. The SPD, the Greens, the CDU, the FDP are their stirrup holders.
And the city leaders, namely OB Steffens, and other hypocrites can think of nothing better to praise the cops' violence against the left and to agitate against comrades. And this is exactly where the old saying "People die and you remain silent, windows rattle and you scream" fits in. Even if literally no panes were broken... but that can still come.

I express my solidarity with all those affected by the police violence of March 4th. You did nothing wrong.

Fight fascism!
Destroy its roots!

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