Police operation in Cologne at a spontaneous demonstration

Press Release

Cologne, August 12th, 2015 – On Wednesday afternoon, a spontaneous demonstration took place in Cologne. The occasion is the detention of an activist from the Hambach Forest, who was arrested at July 22, at the eviction of a “living barricade”, and since then is in pre-trial detention. In addition, he has since been on a hunger strike.

The spontaneous demonstration started at the JVA (jail) in Cologne / Ossendorf and moved from there to Ehrenfeld.
As activists report from there, the spontaneous demonstration has been encircled by 30 – 40 police officers. There are presently around 40 spontaneous protesters within the police encirclement. According to statements from the spot, it is not permitted to bring water to the people in the police encirclement.

A person is available to the press on the spot for interviews and questions:
0157 371 81 446

Best regards,
The press team from the Camp for Climate Action

Ticker in chronological order:

6:30 p.m.

The encirclement is located right next to the underpass to the S-Bahn station Ehrenfeld. Support and dissemination of this message is welcome.

7:00 p.m.

A person is said to have not followed out a dismissal order and has been arrested. The police begin to dissolve the encirclement, first people are carried away.

7:30 p.m.

They still dissolve the encirclement. Presumably these people are brought into the police station Ehrenfeld which is just a few hundred meters away.

7:55 p.m.

The last 10 people are carried away. It’s pretty intense to the point. 13 have already left again the police station, some are on their way to Bahnhof West. From the encirclement loud cries can be heard.
What is needed now are drinks and transport. Come over!

10:20 p.m.

Many people are standing in front of the police station Ehrenfeld. There are still about 10 people in the Ehrenfeld station. Some people are on their way to Cologne – Kalk, where more people are detained.

11:00 p.m.

The supporters have arrived in Kalk, a short time later another, announced, prisoner transport arrives. The prisoners are vociferously greeted and as a response they drum laughing on the windows. As a retort, the police tries a personal check, but that fizzles out, when more supporters arrive.
In Ehrenfeld the police station now seems to be empty.

11:50 p.m.

1:00 a.m.
The next person leaves the station and disappears in a cluster of cheering people.

1:20 a.m.

The door opens again. 5-10 people are suspected still to be in the police station.

1:30 a.m.

The door opens now at 3-minute intervals. 4 more people are free.

2:10 a.m.

4 more people are free. The obvious physical and psychological wounds are severe, but they are tempered by a lot of love.

2:30 a.m.

2 more people are outside. It is hoped that the waiting people are told when the last person was or will be released, otherwise they want to stay there all night.

3:40 a.m.

Now during a long time nothing happens, but there are still some people in there. Also beating is strenuous – presumably the police need a break.

4:00 a.m.

The fourteenth and last person (counted only in Kalk) is out.

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