Read an Occupier’s Report by John Sinha http://www.peoplesassemblies.org/2012/05/occupiers-report-from-frankfurt/
Read Jerome Roos on the crackdown http://www.peoplesassemblies.org/2012/05/hundreds-arrested-blockupy/
+ Good mainstream coverage of arrests etc
+ this is what police do when they repress free speech and collective liberation: http://www.occupywithart.com/blog/2012/5/19/revgames-dandelions-on-fire.html sent from OWS arts team comrade
report from Saturday
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Some twenty thousand people marched Saturday in calm in Frankfurt, seat of the ECB, against the austerity measures implemented to fight against the debt crisis in the euro area.
German police had cordoned off the main roads leading to downtown andset up roadblocks on highways on the outskirts of the financial capital.
The protesters intended to denounce the suffering inflicted by the government to people in their response to the crisis, which intensified in the euro zone since the parliamentary elections of 6 May indecisive in Greece.
“We protest against the policy of impoverishment conducted at European level by the ‘troika’ (European Central Bank, European Commission and International Monetary Fund, ed),” said a spokesman Blockupy.
This anti-capitalist movement has amounted to twenty five thousand the number of protesters while the police put forward an estimate of twenty thousand.
Police arrest four hundred anti-capitalist protesters in Frankfurt
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The police allemande arrested Friday in Frankfurt four hundred militants anticapitalistes protesting against the unauthorized politiqued’austérité defended by the European Central Bank (ECB) address the crisis beyond debt in the euro area. The event was part of the cadred’une four-day operation, scheduled to Saturday, in the wake desprotestations conducted by “indignant” Spanish and movement “Occupy Wall Street” in New York. German justice has authorized a “rave” held last Wednesday and Saturday events planned, but ainterdit gatherings other day, what the protesters ontpas considered. The police had blocked access auxprincipales streets of Frankfurt and was deployed in strength in lecentre city. The arrests took place without violence. Militants including rassemblésautour the Messeturm, the skyscraper which houses the offices of Goldman Sachs banqued’investissement. “Hungry? Eat a banker!” Could be read on one of the banners brandished by the demonstrators, who ontexprimé their anger to the austerity measures advocated by the ECB, which is located in Frankfurt Lesiège. The ECB has repeatedly urged the payseuropéens, especially those most affected by the debt crisis as laGrèce or Portugal, to continue to pursue policies of this type, noting that it had injected more than one thousand three hundred billion ‘eurosdans the financial sector in December and January to avoid a credit crisedu. “It’s not that the banks BCEdevrait distribute his money but the country,” said GüntherStamer, a social worker of 62 years, came to Kiel in northern del’Allemagne. The ECB announced that manifestationsn’avaient not caused it to malfunction. Private banks that own deslocaux in Frankfurt have also stated that they had not known deperturbations, including Deutsche Bank, Germany’s largest bank, dontles access to offices were sealed off by police.
La police arrête quatre cent manifestants anticapitalistes à Francfort
FRANCFORT (Reuters) – La policeallemande a interpellé vendredi à Francfort quatre cent militantsanticapitalistes qui manifestaient sans autorisation contre la politiqued’austérité défendue par la Banque centrale européenne (BCE) face à la crise dela dette dans la zone euro.
La manifestation s’inscrivait dans le cadred’une opération de quatre jours, prévue jusqu’à samedi, dans la mouvance desprotestations menées par les “indignés” espagnols et le mouvement”Occupy Wall Street” à New York.
La justice allemande a autorisé une « rave »organisée mercredi dernier et des manifestations prévues samedi, mais elle ainterdit les rassemblements les autres jours, ce dont les manifestants n’ontpas tenu compte.
La police avait bloqué l’accès auxprincipales rues de Francfort et s’était déployée en force dans lecentre-ville. Les arrestations se sont déroulées sans violence.
Les militants se sont notamment rassemblésautour de la Messeturm, le gratte-ciel qui abrite les bureaux de la banqued’investissement Goldman Sachs.
“Affamés ? Mangez un banquier !”,pouvait-on lire sur l’une des banderoles brandies par les manifestants, qui ontexprimé leur colère face aux mesures d’austérité défendues par la BCE, dont lesiège se trouve à Francfort.
La BCE a pressé à plusieurs reprises les payseuropéens, en particulier les plus touchés par la crise de la dette comme laGrèce ou le Portugal, de continuer à mener des politiques de ce type,soulignant qu’elle avait injecté plus de mille trois cent milliards d’eurosdans le secteur financier en décembre et janvier derniers pour éviter une crisedu crédit.
“Ce n’est pas aux banques que la BCEdevrait distribuer son argent mais plutôt aux pays”, a déclaré GüntherStamer, un travailleur social de 62 ans, venu de Kiel, dans le nord del’Allemagne.
La BCE a annoncé que les manifestationsn’avaient pas nui à son fonctionnement. Les banques privées qui possèdent deslocaux à Francfort ont également précisé qu’elles n’avaient pas connu deperturbations, y compris Deutsche Bank, la plus grande banque allemande, dontles accès aux bureaux avaient été bouclés par la police.
Frankfurt: Court of appeal decides: even more protests bannedAfter the local judge in Frankfurt approved most of the bans that localauthorities had declared for the protests against the ECB in Frankfurt,the court of appeal in Kassel now gave its verdict. It approved all thebans, and even declared one more protest forbidden: the ‘rave against theTroika’ of Wednesday evening. Apart from the demonstration from Saturday,this was the only event that the previous judge had allowed (underconditions). http://de.indymedia.org/2012/05/330095.shtmlThe rave went on happily tonight (picture:https://twitter.com/#!/henninghenke/status/202822151143821312/photo/1)Loads of police surrounding the demons trators and demanding banners to betaken down. One of the banners read: “Our Solidarity Against Your Crisis”First subwaystations have been closed of by the transport company, asanouncedThere is still one other demonstration in Thursday that is not prohibited:the demonstration against the repressive measures called for by theKomitee fur Grundrechte und Demokratie (starting at 12:00 at Paulsplatz).Blockupy calls for a demonstration to start in front of Central Station tojoin the Grundrechte-demonstration.http://blockupy-frankfurt.org/de/node/406The Occupy-camp near the European Central Bank has been evicted in themorning of Wednesday. Some 200 persons ‘resisted peacefully’ and weredragged away. Some riotcops got a nice load of paint over them. After theeviction police started to erect fences around the park and theECB-building.Film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv2s6O3mJVc&feature=youtu.bepictures http://www.fr-online.de/blockupy-frankfurt,15402798,15421232.htmlPictures of surroundings of ECB todayhttps://picasaweb.google.com/107194122403576087216/May16201203#Video streams: http://bambuser.com/v/2651370Blockupy Call & Newsletter urges “everybody to come to Frankfurt”http://blockupy-frankfurt.org/de/node/402OWS declares solidarity with blockupyhttp://17to19m.blogsport.eu/2012/05/16/ows-announces-solidarity-with-blockupy/Towers of Mordorhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SxEHmSFrL4&feature=youtu.bePolice claims to expect 30.000 demonstrators, of which between 2000 and3000 could be ‘militants’. 5000 policemen and women to be deployed.The car outside of the house of the German head of the EU task force forGreece Horst Reichenbach has been blown up in Potsdam, the action wasclaimed by ‘friends of Loukanikos’http://de.indymedia.org/2012/05/330101.shtmlMore information: http://www.blockupy-frankfurt.orghttp://17to19m.blogsport.eu< /a>/http://notroika.linksnavigator.de/http://de.indymedia.org/https://linksunten.indymedia.org/http://www.ea-frankfurt.org/http://twitter.com/#!/Blockupyhttp://twitter.com/#!/search/blockupyPrevious updates http://www.globalinfo.nl/tag/frankfurt/
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Blockupy-actions are starting now. Police have announced to want to evict (‘temporarily’, but if they do not collaborate it might be for good) the occupy camp in front of the ECB that has been there since October 15 last year. Occupiers have declared that they will ‘resist peacefully’ and Blockupy called for solidarity. On Tuesday police started to surround the camp with fences: http://www.fnp.de/fnp/region/lokales/frankfurt/hochsicherheitstrakt-frankfurt_rmn01.c.9843013.de.html
Also the surroundings of the neighbouring ECB has been fenced off with barbed wire.
Latest newsletter with handy info (in German): http://blockupy-frankfurt.org/de/node/394
There is also (more) good news: police decided to withdraw the ‘personal bans’ that more than 400 people got sent home, forbidding them to be in the Frankfurt area from May 16-20. The reason to withdraw the ban is the fear that the bans might not hold in court. https://linksunten.indymedia.org/de/node/60626
Meanwhile many meanstream media report that the blockades are already functioning. The ECB is organising police escort for some of their personnel, and changing venues for some of their activities (Reuters: – The European Central Bank plans to hold its mid-month policy meeting early, move staff out of its headquarters and shift a farewell event for one of its board members out of town, all to avoid clashes with anti-capitalist ‘Blockupy’ protesters. (…) The ECB has also shifted a farewell event for outgoing board member Jose Manuel Gonzalez-Paramo, due to be attended by policymakers from around the world. It was originally to be held at one of Frankfurt’s plushest hotels, just a stone’s throw from the ECB’s headquarters. Instead it will now be held out of town with guests to be told the exact location only hours beforehand. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/05/15/uk-ecb-blockupy-idUKBRE84E0OZ20120515)
Other banks decided to close down completely http://www.visavis.de/modules.php?name=djnews&djn_id=264423–
The Commerz Bank is closing its offices from Thursday on http://www.foxbusiness.com/news/2012/05/15/commerzbank-to-close-central-frankfurt-offices-during-protest/ Others are boarding up, or removing signs from their buildings, in the hope that demonstrators don’t recognize them. Some smaller businesses have declared to be on the side of the demonstrators and to have made good business with demonstrators. One of the occupy-activists appears to be a trader himself: http://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2012-01/Occupy-Frankfurt-Banker Then there is this hilarious report that bankers have been instructed to ‘dress casually’ and not come to work in their usual dress (= suit and tie for men, women can be a bit more frivolous) but wear ragged jeans instead. http://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article106318318/Banker-verkleiden-sich-aus-Angst-vor-Protestlern.html
In an interview with two activists from an antifascist organisation we can also read about the propaganda from the side of the authorities. One of the arguments for all the repressive measures, is the fact that an anti capitalist demonstration on March 31 turned violent. One police officer was hospitalised, as media don’t stop repeating, claiming that he was ‘severely wounded’. He was, but it turned out that it was mainly pepper spray he got, and he could leave the hospital the next day after they examined him and had that outcome. Police sprays pepper spray on demonstrators as a habit almost, and in large quantities, but not one of the victims got any media attention. http://www.fr-online.de/frankfurt/antifa-frankfurt-blockupy–wir-lassen-uns-den-widerstand-nicht-verbieten-,1472798,15241564.html
John Holloway in the Guardian: Blockupy Frankfurt is a glimmer of hope in times of austerity (Popular protests such as Blockupy offer an alternative to capitalism for those facing a life hunting through garbage cans) http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/14/blockupy-frankfurt-austerity-protest
As the famous folksinger B.Dylan once wrote: You don’t need to be in Frankfurt to block a bank
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(previous updates at: http://www.globalinfo.nl/tag/frankfurt/)
Press announcement Blockupy Frankfurt May 8, 2012
* City answers Blockupy’s offer to talks by banning the demonstration * expedited proceedings handed in to administrative court / blockades are non-violent
The city of Frankfurt responded to the renewed request of the Blockupy alliance for a meeting by banning the European demonstration that has been announced for May 19. The applicant of the demonstration, Werner Rätz of Blockupy, received a corresponding email this afternoon. According to the email, the ban order is on the way. “The right to demonstrate is being stepped on in a way that almost makes one speechless. I have never before experienced such disregard for one of the most important basic rights of our constitution” said Werner Rätz. “In Frankfurt, democracy threatens to experience real damages – independent of the fact that the ban will not be able to hold legally or factually.” As soon as the ban order has arrived, the alliance will file an objection and apply at court for the re-establishment of the suspending effect.
On Monday, Blockupy had already received twelve ban orders on rallies, pickets and camps. The alliance has already filed objections against these twelve orders. According to the court, the decisions may take until the beginning of the week.
“Apparently it is part of the strategy of the head of the police to respond to our proposals for talks with ban orders,” observed Blockupy spokesperson Christoph Kleine. Markus Frank (Christian Democratic Union) made it known in the media that he would only be open to talks if the Blockupy alliance would abstain from blockades. Christoph Kleine: “the basic right to freedom of demonstration is not subject to negotiation! During the Blockupy days, there will be actions of civil disobedience, and for these it is self-understood that no one is expecting the permission of the city.” What has been banned here, however, are rallies, a demonstration, concerts, such as with Konstantin Wecker, pickets and spaces for the camp!”
The alliance once again emphasized that no escalation will come from the actions. The plan is to use colorful, diverse forms of action for three days in the city center of the financial metropolis of Frankfurt to make protest visible against the policies of impoverishment of the Troika. Blockupy spokesperson Martin Behrsing said: “Nobody shall be put in danger or injured, no uninvolved persons, no bank employees, no protest participants, and also no police persons. This is how we are preparing the actions, and this is how we are practicing in the action training.”
Furthermore, Blockupy rejected the equating of mass blockades with violence. Legally, mass blockades are not a constraint, but rather an administrative offense, as the German Federal Constitutional Court concluded in 1995 in the so-called Mutlangen decision.
http://blockupy-frankfurt.org http://17to19m.blogsport.eu Blockupy press contacts: * Roland Süß (Attac), Tel. +49 (0)175 – 272 5893 * Martin Behrsing (Unemployed Forum), Tel. +49 (0)160 – 9927 8357 * Christoph Kleine (Interventionist Left), Tel. +49 (0)172 – 900 6161 * Thomas, (Occupy Frankfurt): Tel. +49 (0)157 – 7972 4487
UPDATE: SIGN THE INTERNATIONAL PETITION AGAINST THE BAN! http://17to19m.blogsport.eu/2012/05/05/city-of-frankfurt-bans-blockupy-and-our-resistance-grows-stronger/
Blockupy is now getting a lot of media attention. Please help us turn around this decision, and in the process, raise awareness of the cutbacks of democratic rights to demonstrate in Europe and of the legitimacy of taking action against the austerity politics of crisis of the EU and troika. Below are some suggestions for how to boost awareness:
1. Facebook a. Event “Blockupy Frankfurt“ http://www.facebook.com/events/114778091979660/?ref=ts Click “attend” for this event. Then you can invite all your friends! If you don’t want to click around, there is a code that will do everything for you: http://diedesigner.net/social/facebook-alle-freunde-auf-einmal-einladen/
b. Page „European Resistance“ http://www.facebook.com/BlockupyFrankfurt?ref=ts Please “like” this page and share it on your wall. Please also act as multiplicators: write to us and act as an administrator for a bit. Then you can invite all your friends, and afterwards you can delete yourself from the administrator part.
c. Friends’ page http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003736055456 Please send friend requests and suggest friends.
2. DIY online campaign has already started: http://www.facebook.com/notes/blockupy-frankfurt/ill-come-to-frankfurt-und-i-would-to-c-u-there/124540244347177 Photos with the banner “I’ll come to Frankfurt and i would love to C U there” are being posted. Please share and like! Here is the banner: http://blockupy-frankfurt.org/sites/european-resistance.org/files/u26/label.jpg Everybody can make signs with callouts to Frankfurt (for example, C U in Frankfurt) for actions in the coming days (especially 12M). Then just take pictures with smartphones and post directly!
3. Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/Blockupy Please: follow, re-tweet, and always use #blockupy.
4. Videos So far we have videos from Italy and Germany: http://blockupy-frankfurt.org/de/videos. Please share, like, and spread these and your own videos!
5. Other Please share the media that your groups have made on the Facebook page!
In solidarity, blockupy international working group
‘yes, the government of the city of Frankfurt plans to ban BLOCKUPY:
But before you even think about cancelling your travel plans, please note that this decision is still being heavily disputed.
Previous attempts by authorities in Germany to prohibit these kinds of protests have never held (completely) in court.
Preparations for the protests are proceeding in full gear. Here are some of the newest mobilisation clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD3aFzy4-78 http://vimeo.com/41582909 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzUZUf0g5Mg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le6hp3mggmY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzWrAX2ogr8& http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUVzTTE2M68
Sign a petition to demand withdrawal of the ban here: http://www.blockupy-frankfurt.org/de/protestnote Please sign – and please distribute this request to friends and comrades all over the world!
All legal means will be pursed in order to waive the ban, and under the constitution’s right of assembly chances are quite good to be successful. And even if not, our comrade Christoph Kleine from Interventionistische Linke (IL) publicly stated that ten thousands of people would be coming anyway, so a ban wouldn’t be enforceable at all.
At the moment, the rightists’ attempts to criminalize the BLOCKUPY days actually act as a major mobilization campaign – so public attention and support keep rising…
Here’s a short news article on this in English: http://news.ph.msn.com/business/frankfurt-bans-planned-anti-capitalist-protests-1