Berlin: Ambush against police patrol regarding Polytechnio/Athens and security law in France

Received 30/11/2020

A police car was damaged with stones in the early hours of November 19, in Rigaer Street, Friedrichshain. Here is the claim:

Stones on patrol car from Police Station 51 in Rigaer Street

In order to participate in the international struggles against the dictatorships in power and in solidarity with the resistants in the northern neighborhood of Friedrichshain, we attacked the cops in their patrol car on the morning of November 19, who were patrolling Rigaer Street.

All over the world, the state apparatuses are using the health crisis to extend control and repression. The drastic measures, which are supposedly only aimed at containing infection, serve primarily to isolate society and further exploit our lives. While workers go to work under risky hygienic standards, shopping malls keep the consumption frenzy alive, and public transportation is overcrowded, social life in public spaces is practically banned. The statement is clear: those who do not consume should either be at work or stay at home – at most by working on their own bodies through physical exercise, thus ensuring its productivity. Social life is not only restricted, but due to the measures taken, it is even less welcome in public space than usual – namely not at all. This applies equally to most European countries.

As in Greece, where the state uses the virus as a reason to ban any public gathering, any group formation in public, on such an important day against the dictatorship. But the resistance against the ban was dynamic and determined. So the usual place where events and discussions always take place on this day, the Polytechnic University, was occupied beforehand and the people there called for a demonstration despite the heavy penalties. The cops cleared the occupation and arrested 70 people. On the day of the demonstration, Athens was occupied by cops who went on a manhunt and beat up and arrested many people. Nevertheless, quite a few of them managed to go out into the streets, make small neighborhood demos and finally stay on the streets for a while despite the curfew.

Same in France: the government uses the “health emergency” to push through a new disgusting law. The “global security law” that allows cops to use drones and facial recognition software for public cameras at their discretion. At the same time, a law is to be passed that will make the filming and publishing of images of cops or “elements that serve [their] identification” punishable by up to one year in prison or 45,000€. Certainly, it is quite easy for the parliament to discuss this law at the moment, while the whole population is under the control of the cops in lockdown and demonstrations or rallies are prohibited. Nevertheless, on Tuesday, November 17th, thousands of people gathered in front of the parliament building to demonstrate against this law. A law that will underline the fact that France is a police state where it is not only difficult to confront the cops directly, but dangerous to meet them at the next corner.

Nevertheless, no matter how oppressive and authoritarian each states are, it is everywhere possible to attack their defenders, if they do not expect it and are unprepared, even almost helpless. We can still choose the place and the moments of our attacks to hit them with a calculable risk to ourselves, so that they never feel safe.

In order to participate in the international struggles against the dictatorships in power and in solidarity with the resistants in the northern neighborhood, we attacked the cops in their patrol car on the morning of November 19, who were patrolling Rigaer Street. Since the police press specified that it was a unit from Station 51 (i.e., the Wedekindwache), we do not want to leave unmentioned that it is they who are responsible for the murder of Maria B. in January as well as for numerous attacks on the rebellious structures in Berlin-Friedrichshain.

Down with democracy!
Down with the dictatorship!
Long live resistance and anarchy!

(Translation from https://de.indymedia.org/node/119626)

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