AntiFascist and ProMigrant Response to the Weekly “Hygiene” Demos

 

COVIDIOTS AND NAZIS UNITED FACING ANTIFA

The feeling of uncertainty and fear has been fed by the State aproach to this Corona Crisis like every other crisis that came before and that continues to grow by each day: Climate, Migration, Food Instability and Deforestation, all being exploited for profit, militarization and by the Right.  With Corona at first we were all told not to bother wearing masks in public spaces, remember with illogical justification that only sick people should do so, dirty secret of capitalism and austerity being that there was not enough masks not just for all but also even for hospital workers, then came the present regulations for manatory mask wearing together with world-wide subsidies and buyoouts for heavy industries and large corporations and not for the healthcare or in the form of social assistance for those most at risk, the elderly the poor, migrants and prisoners.  In this climate of practical breakdown it is the right that once again is trying to seize the opportunity to peddle their conspiracy theories to take advantage of the crisis: the narratives only on the surface apears to be critical of the state, assuming incredibly racist and antisemitic overtones: wearing masks is compared to sharia law or  to wearing star of David during the Holocaust.

 

 

 

 

 

In last saturday demo #K2305 in Cologne a person appeared in a concentration camp uniform with a sign “Maske Macht Frei”, seen here being interviewed by a extreme right youtuber Oliver Flesch.  This is only on the surface appearing to be  critical of the state and its corona regulations as the conservative and right wing nature of those protest cover up any critique of social and healhtcare inaction of the state, marginalize highly affected groups like refugees, prisoners and migrant workers even further and their demo participants clap frantically any time any of the counter protesters get hassled or arrested by the police.

It is however the couter demonstrators, coming from left, antifa, social causes perspectives that make those demos worthwile and put them in the right context.  After the initial surprise of the first demos on and around May 2nd, where Hygiene movement entered stores and harassed people wearing masks with some masks being pulled off people’s faces, with a very pronounced radical right element, the following demos on the 16th and 23 of May in Cologne and in Aachen, as in most other large cities, large antifascist counterdemonstrator presence was mobilized. In Cologne outnumbering the Hygiene Covidiots by 100, having 300-400 protesters to the Hyginist’s 200.  It is not only the narrative that sets this group and movement as being clearly instrumentalized and heavily influenced by the right, its very name strikes uneasy parallels to Hygiene being a particuarly high propaganda focus of the national socialist regime with Racial Hygiene laws and potrayal of all ethnic minorities and enemies of the state as unhygienic. During the demos many agresive provocations took place from the Hyginists who caughed from  a short disctance in the counter protester’s faces, sprayed them with desinfectant, and kept aggressively asking “Do you see any Natzis here?”. With each protest having its high profile extreme right wing social media personality as part of the protest on #K16o5 it was the Youtuber “Influenza”(with a rather intentionally disturbing self identification and fetishization of another deadly disease). Which is another more secretive, but seen in their group chats, element of this movement that not only does it deny that corona is a deadly to hundreds of thousands disease but at other times spreading the views that the pandemic is cleansing humanity of the old, sick and functions a needed population control instrument.

It is no wonder that like towards completly open natzis showing off in the streets, here too the response is that of disgust, actions and blockades. The counterdemos being organized with and without permits by alliance of the left and on the 26th of May in Cologne by the Sea Bridge, SeeBrucke People, offering a safe space and a garthering place for all that share a pro social, pro healthcare and anti natzi perspecive.  This legality and permits of those demos, like allways, is not being respected by the State with several people being detained in Cologne and in Aachen.  Once again solidarity is our weapon and we know that we can not expect anything more than inaction and brutality from the State, be it the Climate crisis or Corona, thats why again and again it is the self organized, autonomous and community groups that are filling the void that the State creates and enlarges creating an arena for the right wing extremists and neonazis.

The struggle for the streets and the minds has some parallels to the political situation fallowing the great depression in the 1920, with the unemployment in US and many economic indicators surpassing the great depression, especially in US and in the Global South, with the crisis expected to worsen with present unprecedented food insecurity in Africa and India and quite possibly this fall in Europe as well after a record breaking hot and dry winter.  Equating every crisis with an opportunity, AFD, initianlly experiencing large drop in support due to not having any pro healtcare or pro social perspecitve(suprise, suprise) during the pandemic is now trying to catch up and postition iteself  to take advantage of this economic/social/ecological crisis of Late Capitalism that is brewing out of,not just, corona, but also out of decades of ultra liberal austerity, climate crisis and now a global pandemic.  The closures of many small establishments and loss of employment has to be adressed from a critique of capitalism perspective and the void filled with actions, mutual support and demands for not more cops but for free and open healthcare, not more guns but living wages and more open living and social spaces and closed borders responded with aid and open doors and admission to those impacted by wars and instability for which our privelaged Global North livestyles are responsible.

 

All the above demands, needs and social and climate emergencies that corona, cliamate and refugee crisis symbolize continue to be responded to by thousands who are not willing to sit at home and await the government to deliver any solutions knowing very well that unless those demands are not won in the streets and through actions and occupations they will never become a reality.

A movement of Social and Ecological Justice continues against the “philosophy” of disinformation, fear, militarism and collapse!!

 

Resist Weaponization of Pandemic for Racism and Repression

CLIMATE CRISIS & NOW CORONA NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR STATE VIOLENCE!!

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May 24, Shaheen Bagh India.

May 25, 2020 Hambacher Forest: Only 1 day after the first protest site in the world: Shaheen Bagh  (taking a stand against nationalist Modi CAA Citizenship Law in New Delphi) was surrounded by riot cops and bulldozed citing the Corona outbreak, only one day after, the wheels seem to be in motion to go in the same direction in NRW as Hambi was visited by a pro-RWE-Climate-Killing-Coal Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger journalist working on an article titled “Hambach Forest and Corona”. At the time there are no cases of Corona in the Forest and there were only 400 recorded cases in India when Shaheen Bagh was evicted.

The long disgusting populist and totalitarian tradition of equating with disease and vermin that needs to be sanitized and cleansed all those who dare to differ, resist and often just happen to be the “others” continues: while Orange Mussolini Trump calls Covid-19 a “A Chinese Virus” as acts of racist physical violence against those of Asian descent multiply world-wide. The ugly history of fear mongering continues as in the time of bubonic plague when  Europe was swept by antisemitic pogroms resulting from rumors that the Jews have been poisoning the public wells, while Italian sailors, not the fleas, were also seen as spreaders of the Black Death and attacked.

Now in 2020, the channels of hate and manipulation have been digitized and are reaching more than ever before, the methods however have stayed the same. Instead of the angry mob we now have Reul and Laschet, RWE lapdogs, with their AFD allies for years having in unison been calling for cleansing of the forest (which at they so  wanted to destroy and did destroy 90% of it), from the leftist radical scum. They already showed themselves not being very interested in global health and environmental crisis by responding

to global climate emergency instead with  40 billion for RWE and friends in the fiasco of the german coal exit and on top responding to catastrophe killing and affecting millions with largest police action in history of NRW; a 70+ million euro plus eviction of Hambacher Forest in 2018.

For those corporate disaster fetishists and profiteers Corona is just an opportunity that can not be ignored, it is a bargain not having to spend 60,000 euro on a bogus legal  opinion for another eviction of this time Treehouses, Meadow(Most likely – RWE needs that CO2al underneath), Mahnwahe, or Hambi Camp(take your pick) and having the Danger Zone that included just Hambach Forest during last eviction now expended to whole of Germany is very convenient to keep number of supporters away and attention turned towards the shelves with toilet paper.  And this time instead of billions its trillions for the heavy industries. What a deal!

Press conglomerates partially owned by  RWE interests again playing their part in the “art” of PR, damage control and redirection and public opinion manipulation at the call of their corporate masters.  Neo-liberal, media hacks not asking any important question, like climate and environmental instability amplifying all disasters and hotspots of corona in both italy and germany being the most industrialized and polluted regions in the country, etc, etc. Instead the Press the 5th column of Disaster Capitalism is staying busy distracting the populace from how decades of austerity and run-away capitalism have left the European “welfare states” and most of the global north with more focus on giving large corporations like RWE  free hand-outs of billions and now using this emergency to give away trillions, to pollute, destroy and gentrify with full governmental protection of tanks, helicopters and police batons while concern for healthcare,culture, and welfare of the populace and that of ecosystems and other species is nothing more than an empty election-year promise. Now we are in the middle of a new crisis while the “last one” continues to only get worse while receding from public attention and once  again the routine operation to solve the “problem” is by inaction for as long as possible and then by going after a list of usual suspects, scape-goats, anarchists, minorities and activists to blame for the disaster. Lets see if the tons of pages and gigabytes of data filled with lies and disinformation can put out this global trash fire of idiocy, incompetence and power-grabbing or whether like always it will just end up feeding the blaze.

The capitalist for profit press is also not likely to point out that the 40+ billion from the Coal Commission to RWE and others as a reward for and incentive to continue to destroy the climate have now become the standard profiteering Keynesian response to any crisis: ignore  and suppressing the underlying issues for as long as possible, enlarging the power of the state and enriching the industrial interests, and in ignoring the social and ecological issues the States continue creeping closer and closer to a dystopian Fascist state model. That is why initiatives offering alternatives, front-line struggles and endangered communities and ecosystems are such a risk to this agenda and either have to be co-opted and or destroyed.

Profit and control above everything: this time instead of Climate Crisis its the Covid 19 and the agenda continues of having environment destroying industries: airlines, banking, car manufacturing, and a long list of other not so Eco and socially friendly sectors of the economy  receiving largest emergency subsidies in global history. Using the time of emergency to postpone any possibility of transition and decarbonization in the next 10 years that is left before reaching the 2 degrees centigrade run away point pushes the planet in viscous feedback loops with the ensuing habitat destruction leading to unprecedented global instability and most likely to even more deadly pandemics and wide instability. Each emergency and crisis instead of solutions becomes instead another get-rich-quick scheme opportunity on a dying planet. Once it is the largest conglomerates and the economy that are becoming “The Patient 0” and receiving most assistance and treatment.  This is happening as hospitals lack protective gear equipment and in many countries including Germany authorities are responding by hiring more security guards not medical personnel and the homeless are rounded up from open spaces and detained instead in confined group accommodations optimal for viral spread.

As new laws not for climate justice and healthcare but instead for new emergency police powers are passed it is once again capitalism that reveals itself more and more to be the virus destroying its only host, the planet we all call home: Earth.

So Reuls, Laschets and AFDs of this Planet enjoy your Spreading-the-Virus-of-Capitalism-Corona-Party as you are about to send in your shock troops and goons once again to make sure gigatones of RWE coal can go up in smoke destroying all hope for the stable future. Your “Its the end of the world, and I feel fine” celebration is bound to be the shortest one ever, with record breaking hurricanes, floods, global fires, pandemics, and droughts coming as your invited guests whose record breaking sizes and duration could only be compared to the growth of yours and your corporate master’s bank accounts. Just remember it will never be forgotten nor forgiven that it is you not us(the people and The Planet) who is responsible. This responsibility is also shared by Kölner Stadt-Anzeigers of this world laying the ground work for this disaster profiteering and corona capitalism, spreading fear and disinformation and justifying constant waves of state violence not just against activists in Hambi but agains a long list of social, ethnic and political actors. This is something that can never be forgotten even if the everyday reminder for future generation will be nothing more than a daily reality of ever deepening instability, hunger, disaster and disease. Instead of “Business As Usual” it becoming a Constant State of Disaster As Usual.

Hambacher Forst: Raeumung des Baumhauses Paragraf 11

You can not just #StayAtHome when the security of that very home is compromised in every way imaginable by those in power.  Would it not be a happier, safer and for-filling for all species world if the miners and the police stayed at home quarantining their toxic masculinity, cooking,  reading a book and planting a garden instead of mining deadly coal and chasing, beating and arresting activists in the forests?

LIVING WAGE FOR ALL!!! CLIMATE AND HEALTH INSECURITY FOR NONE!!!

Autonomous Corona Solidarity

 

Disaster Capitalism has only one answer and one “solution” to crisis after crisis of its own making: a permament state of emergency.  Climate Disaster, Refugee Crisis, Global Fires and now a world-wide pandemic are answered to by the State after State with indiference, profiteering, higher levels of surveilance and with police batons.  In effect millions are awaken to the realization of the the level of opression and indifference shared by all in power.  Each crisis result in bottom up and community projects spring up. Mutual Support, Autonous, Anarchist and Community groups stepping in to fill the holow shell of the state and replace its empty promises and respond to its threats.

Each crisis raises new question and brings new issues to the forefront. Showing interconnectess and continuity of one crisis and each struggle to the next.  Climate Catastrophe and Habitat destruction resulting in more species being displaced harvested and exploited transmitting desease after desease to the human population, as if defending itself.  Vegan Animal Rights perspective points that this situation is not limited to China and the trade and consumption of wildlife and endangered species from which the covid 19/Corona virus seems to have jumped the species barrier. Even larger disaster is being brewed by the factory-farm-complex with its mass use of antibiotics in the feed resulting in a longer and longer list of antibiotic resistant, in effect bred through negligence, bacterial strains. This at the time when all illusion of social assistance, medical care and refugee rights is being cut back and eliminated.  Action and resistance to this dynamic can and is the only answer.  The battle between ecosystems, communities and global conglomerates and their right wing allies continues. In the end we all will be wearing masks…
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Hambi saved, villages lost? Not yet!

Hambi gerettet?See also: Press Release

UPDATE January 21th: After a protest by the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister for Economic Affairs Pinkwart, RWE has published a new map, see below. The question is, of course. whether this theater had been arranged beforehand. Because now the NRW state government is playing the role of savior of the forest and Morschenich..

An article appeared on the front page of the Aachener Nachrichten today under the heading: “Hambi saved, villages lost!”
On page three, a picture was published on how we should imagine this. Larger scale at the end of this article. So according to the plan, dredging should take place around the back of the forest, leaving a 400 m high hill with the rest of a lowland forest on it. Then the ex-Hambi will die of thirst.
Oops! Then we can cut and dig up the rest too. Pity! more…

Call from Latin America – COP25, social movements and climate justice

Coalition of Climate Justice Movements
A common declaration on climate crisis, energy transition and extractivism in Latin America.

Social movements were already organising their opposition to COP25 – in which those most affected by climate violence would be sidelined – even before the popular mobilisation started in Chile and Sebastián Piñera suspended the talks.

A gathering in Chile in September brought together frontline defenders to discuss the climate crisis, a just energy transition from the mining extractivist model that is killing Chileans and people all over the global South. more…

Calling of some forest occupants on the occasion of yesterday’s announcement of RWE, they want to fell trees in Hambi

German original: Indymedia

RWE announced yesterday via press release in their usual self-assured style, “within a short time” to want to fell trees, which are “dead or incurably damaged by the drought of last summer as well as by pest infestation”. Affected are allegedly 9 different, unspecified, locations in the occupied part of the forest, in the Merzenicher Erbwald near Morschenich, in the forest near the Hambach railroad and in the mining area.

Although we have nothing against trees occasionally falling on the rails, we will refer to the more ecologically valuable contiguous woodlands in the occupied part of the forest and in the Merzenicher Erbwald. more…

Animal-free diet? Sure! But why?

As often happens, also this post contains an opinion – on feelings of plants – that is not necessarily shared by everyone. As always, this shows how diversity can promote discussion.

 
Some may still remember: the German Greens once had the suggestion to set up a veggie day once a week in public canteens. All very nice and without obligation. They will not forget it that soon! They have not recovered from this shock until today. In the following shitstorm especially the term prohibition party was used very often and the Greens have become even more non-binding, with some pleasing exceptions.
However, it is now common knowledge that meat consumption and the production of animal food cause the greatest environmental impact. Meat addicts quip in the social media: “These vegans eat the food of my food!” This alone shows that everyone knows it: Actually, the reverse is the case. They feed on the livelihoods of the poor and even of the planet. more…

On the current situation and the occupation in Morschenich

In addition to the report on the occupation in Morschenich (House occupied in Morschenich) two people from the forest write here, because they feel the need to give a comment in retrospect. As always, the following is a formulation of individuals and not necessarily representative of the whole forest population.

An important point of anti-capitalist criticism starts right here: If a company can own a whole village, it can also determine what happens to it.

The examples of Manheim and Morschenich, where RWE relocates people and destroys houses, history and personal memories, in order to re-market the entire region, makes obvious the whole tragedy that comes with the massive depropriation by a big company. In the form of the villages, Hambach forest and the surrounding forests, RWE not only possesses important resources, but also can design the whole region and its habitats. Actually, such kind of property is theft. Because even if the company stops lignite mining in the region and instead pursues other plans (industry settlement etc.), it does not focus on the needs of those still living here, it’s all just about maximizing profits. This approach has always been supported by the state government in Düsseldorf. more…

Open letter of solidarity from Leonard Peltier, to support the forest protectors in and around Hambach Forest

We received the open letter below. We apologize for the late release because it was sent to us in a time in which we had a lot to do with our struggle. Here Leonard Peltier expresses his solidarity with the fight for Hambach Forest from the high security prison in Coleman / Florida.
We asked for the original text, which probably is in English, to publish it here. Meanwhile, you can read it translated back into English. Underneath you can find more details about Leonard and his struggle and how you can write to him.

Greetings to my brothers and sisters in Germany

As you know, in our Native American spiritual philosophy, the connection to Mother Earth, Mother Nature, as you would say, is a very important element. We as human beings are only part of the sacred circle that connects people, plants, animals, mountains, rivers, winds and rain – we are all connected and related. Or as we Lakota say: Mitakuye Oyasin – ALL MY RELATIONS. more…