Freiburg: 800 People Took the Streets in Solidarity With Linksunten
In Freiburg, Germany about 800 people took part in an unregistered demonstration in solidarity with Linksunten Indymedia on Saturday. Linksunten Indymedia was banned on August 25 in Germany. A report.
According to the organizers of the demo the German federal government misused the ban on Linksunten Indymedia to present themselves as a law and order party during the ongoing election campaign. The ban came after the NoG20 protests in Hamburg and could be part of a bigger clampdown against leftwing protests in Germany.
The demonstration for free media and preservation of leftwing centers was accompanied by a huge police force. The cops again and again filmed the demo. The cops claimed that chanting “We are all Linksunten” is a crime in Germany and misused this as a reason to film the demo.
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Among the protesters were people who travelled from Switzerland and France to show their solidarity. After an opening gathering at Bertholdsbrunnen, the demo first marched to the square in front of the old synagogue.
At the square people of the Rote Hilfe, media collective Cinerebelde and free radio Dreyeckland spoke about the ban on Indymedia and free media. After that the protesters continued their march. During the march many flyers about the ban on Linksunten and the raids on August 25 were spread.
After protesters started to run a bit, the demo was stopped by cops at Konzerthaus. After negotiations the demo continued in the direction of the main train station (Hbf). The demo reached its final destination at Eisenbahnstraße.
At the closing gathering there were speeches by the local FAU (Anarchist, syndikalist union) group and somebody read a greeting by Thomas-Meyer-Falk, who is imprisoned in the JVA prison in Freiburg. There were no arrests during and after the demo in Freiburg.
Meanwhile the series of solidarity demonstrations and actions continue. In the mountains near Dresden, Germany the black- and red alpinists from the FAU Dresden showed their solidarity (image below).
In Copenhagen, Denmark people hung-up a banner in solidarity with linksunten (images below). There were many similar actions in other cities around the world.
Last week the CDU state interior ministers published a statement in which they announced new repressive laws. The CDU wants to prosecute solidarity statements and actions which show solidarity with activities which are already banned and the interior ministers also vowed to prosecute peaceful protesters who are on a demo or action where others use violence against the police. Many people consider this as another attempt by the CDU to present itself as a law and order party during the German election campaign. The general elections in Germany will take place on September 24.